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Miracle Rice is a wonderful alternative!

What is butter chicken without rice? Miracle Rice is a guilt free alternative to rice.

Almost calorie free (10 per serving) this rice has 3g of carbs (all fibre).

The preparation was so easy, rinse for 15 seconds, boil for 2 minutes,drain and heat rice on a pan until dry. Quick and easy!

These are on sale at $3.19 each. Check them out here!

Rinse under cold water for 10-15 seconds.

Boil for 2 minutes.

Dry drained rice on medium heat.

Add butter chicken and sauce!
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Baked Avocado Fries

 

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves 6-8

Ingredients

6 large avocados, skin removed and sliced
2 eggs
1 box Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers of choosing

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. In small bowl, whisk the egg(s) and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, add the crackers and process until small crumbles form.
  4. Add the crackers into a medium-sized ziplock bag (or stasher bag).
  5. Take egg avocado slice and dunk it into the egg, making sure the entire slice is covered then add the slice to the bag, zip it up and shake it, making sure it’s coated evenly.
  6. On a large baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, add the coated avocado sliced and bake for 10-12 minutes and enjoy with your favorite dip!

Photo and Recipe by Ayla Sadler

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Homemade English Muffins

Another gluten free recipe from the Simple Mills website…

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Yield: 6 “muffins”

Ingredients

“English Muffins”

1 box Simple Mills Artisan Bread Mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

 

Directions

Follow the instructions on the box according to the dinner rolls instructions but split the mix into 6 larger muffin cups.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Photo by Monica Stevens Le 

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Freezer-Friendly Lemon Moringa Waffles

Thanks to the Simple Mills website for this gluten free recipe!

  Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 9-10 Belgian waffles; depends on your waffle iron

Ingredients

For the Waffles:
5 large eggs
2/3 cup water
3 Tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
1 box Simple Mills pancake and waffle mix
2 Tablespoons moringa powder
2 teaspoons tapioca flour or arrowroot starch

For the Lemon Yogurt Sauce:
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, or your non-dairy yogurt of choice
1 ½ Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon of water (omit if using thinner, non-Greek yogurt)
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Garnish:
Chopped scallions
Sliced baby cucumber
Sliced grape tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Preheat your waffle iron.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, then whisk in the water, oil, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  3. Stir in the Simple Mills pancake and waffle mix, moringa powder, and tapioca or arrowroot.
  4. Once your waffle iron is pre-heated, lightly grease the plates.
  5. Pour batter into the iron and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Cool completely, then stack in an airtight container. Separate each waffle with a piece of wax paper or parchment paper.
  7. Cover and freeze until ready to eat.
  8. Thaw the waffles on the countertop, or microwave them in a heatproof container.
  9. Make the sauce by whisking all of the ingredients together until smooth.
  10. To serve, drizzle slightly cooled waffles with lemon yogurt sauce and garnish with a sprinkle of scallions, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

Note: Waffles keep (without sauce or garnish) in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days, or in the freezer for up to a month. The sauce can be made up to 48 hours in advance and stored in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat.

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Big changes coming soon!

One complaint we see regularly is how many of our food products are sold by the case. Who wants a case of chocolate? Ok, bad example. A case of mayonnaise then?

We will be providing an option to splitting cases anonymously with other customers. More information coming very soon!

In the meanwhile, we have removed these cases of items from our website but if you want a list of them email us at connect@andreabruceorganics.com.

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Vacationing and Eating Organic

When going on vacation it is no surprise your diet changes. You may drink more, you may snack more and trying to find wholesome food for the family can be tough when staying in a small Florida city. We did the same thing last year and since Whole Foods is a 45 minute drive we stocked up and make a few trips throughout our stay. My wife (Andrea of course) loves Whole Foods and it is an excursion she looks forward to. That was last year.

This year we thought we would get smart and order online from an big online natural food store and have our order delivered the day after we got there. Wrong. I suppose I should have read the expected delivery dates as we are now expecting our “big order” on Tuesday… and we leave Friday morning. Oh damn. I ordered Tuesday night last week but apparently it takes 24-72 hours before they ship it out (which is another 2 days). I better buy another suitcase for the $300usd+ amount of food we are getting!

Here in Florida (Navarre Beach this year) they have Walmarts and Wynn Dixies and Publix all over the place. Out of those 3 we like the Publix as they have a decent assortment of organic foods. The prices (but not selection) are better at Walmart and you can always get some cheap toys too.

The really funny thing is our prices beat almost all the US prices down here so we really could have saved money by buying from andreabruceorganics.com and paying for the extra suitcase!

On the positive side our rental house has no scale to shame us!

 

 

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Going on a south vacation? Protect yourself from the sun!

Many of us get tired of the cold and the snow and take a warm winter vacation down south. The intense sun on our milky white Canadian can result in a nasty burn. Each time you burn you increase your chance of cancer and being burnt really is a lousy way to spend your vacation.

Take the following precautions to lower the chances of sun damage.

AVOID MIDDAY DIRECT SUN – UV radiation is strongest when the sun is directly overhead. Try to time indoor meals or activities or at least get in the shade during this time!

COVER UP  – a light shirt or long pants when in intense sun or when you feel a burn coming on makes a big difference. Hats and sunglasses help protect too.

SHADE IS YOUR FRIEND – similar to wearing clothing shade is a great way to avoid direct rays. Be wary as indirect radiation from reflective surfaces such as water, sand and glass can still find you.

SUNSCREEN – the following is an excellent excerpt from EWG, an organization dedicated to protecting humans and the environment. They rate the hazards and efficacy of more than 880 sunscreens, 480 daily moisturizers and 120 lip products with SPF values. 

Some sunscreens prevent sunburn but not other types of skin damage. Make sure yours offers broad spectrum protection.

Don’t fall for high SPF labels. Anything higher than SPF 50+ can tempt you to stay in the sun too long. Even if you don’t burn, your skin may be damaged. Stick to SPFs between 15 and 50+. Pick a product based on your own skin coloration, time outside, shade and cloud cover. Reapply often.

Avoid sunscreen with vitamin A. Eating vitamin A-laden vegetables is good for you, but spreading vitamin A on your skin may not be. Government data show that tumors and lesions develop sooner on skin coated with creams laced with vitamin A, also called retinyl palmitate or retinol. It’s in 14 percent of all sunscreens we reviewed in 2017. Avoid any skin or lip product whose label includes retinyl palmitate, retinol or vitamin A.

Avoid oxybenzone, a synthetic estrogen that penetrates the skin and can disrupt the hormone system. Look for products with zinc oxide, 3 percent avobenzone or Mexoryl SX. They protect skin from harmful UVA radiation.

No insect repellent. If you need bug repellent, buy it separately and apply it first.

Pick a good sunscreen. EWG’s sunscreen database evaluates the safety and efficacy of SPF-rated products, including more than 880 sunscreens for beach and sports use, more than 480 SPF-rated moisturizers and more than 120 lip products. We give high ratings to brands that provide broad spectrum, long-lasting protection with ingredients that pose fewer health concerns when absorbed by the body.

Don’t spray. Sprays cloud the air with tiny particles that may not be safe to breathe.

Reapply cream often. Sunscreen chemicals sometimes degrade in the sun, wash off, or rub off on towels and clothing.

Men ignore sun safety at their peril. In 2014, nearly twice as many American men died from melanoma as women. Surveys show that 48 percent of men report routine sun avoidance, compared to 68 percent of women.

Got your vitamin D? Many people don’t get enough vitamin D, a hormone manufactured by the skin in the presence of sunlight. Your doctor can test your level and recommend supplements if you are low in this vital nutrient.

 

EWG APPROVED PRODUCTS WE HAVE ON SALE326175

Goddess Garden Baby Natural Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 

$10.05 On Sale Until Feb 4th: $8.55

 

Compare at $13.99 elsewhere

EWG OVERALL RATING: 1 (1 is best, 10 is worst)

INGREDIENTS: ACTIVES: Zinc Oxide 8.55%, Titanium Dioxide 3.04% INACTIVES: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)* Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract* Canola Oil Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil* Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil Jojoba Esters Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Wax Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil* Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil* Rosa Canina Fruit Extract* Silica Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Stearic acid Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter* Tocopherol *Certified Organic

Goddess Garden Kids Sport Natural Sunscreen Stick SPF 30 326385.png

$10.05 On Sale Until Feb 4th: $8.55
Compare at $13.99 elsewhere

 

EWG OVERALL RATING: 1 (1 is best, 10 is worst)

INGREDIENTS:  ACTIVES: Zinc Oxide 8.55%, Titanium Dioxide 3.04% INACTIVES: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)* Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract* Canola Oil Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil* Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil Jojoba Esters Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Wax Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil* Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil* Rosa Canina Fruit Extract* Silica Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Stearic acid Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter* Tocopherol *Certified Organic

Goddess Garden Sport Natural Sunscreen Stick326390

$10.05 On Sale Until Feb 4th: $8.55
Compare at $13.99 elsewhere

EWG OVERALL RATING: 1 (1 is best, 10 is worst)

INGREDIENTS:  ACTIVES: Zinc Oxide 8.55%, Titanium Dioxide 3.04% INACTIVES: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)* Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract* Canola Oil Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil* Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Wax Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil Jojoba Esters Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Wax Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil* Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil* Rosa Canina Fruit Extract* Silica Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil Stearic acid Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter* Tocopherol *Certified Organic

Goddess Garden Kid’s Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 Family Sz326115

$20.58 On Sale Until Feb 4th: $17.49
Compare at $24.99 elsewhere

 

EWG OVERALL RATING: 1 (1 is best, 10 is worst)

INGREDIENTS:  Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Juice), Organic Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic Triglyceride, Lecithin, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Xanthan Gum, Vegetable Glycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil.

These are just a few of the excellent EWG rated sunscreens we have on sale right now.

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Probiotics reduce school absenteeism

Most kids hate swallowing pills. Even our 14 year old doesn’t like it so we use vitamin sprays from Mercola and end up opening up capsules to make nasty cocktails (which they do drink). So needless to say, chewable pills are popular and the Genestra HMF Fit For School chewables are actually enjoyable even for our 6 year old!

This year we have had the kids on this probiotic and they have had a couple very short and mild bouts of cold during a very intense flu season. We got a call from Genestra doing follow up on our previous order and she supplied us with a report that showed a 30% reduction in absenteeism when children took the Fit For School.

Check it out and the other Genestra products.

Genestra Brands HMF Fit for School 30 tabs

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