20-Oct-2015 Author: Mark Norman



Enjoy Life Pancake & Waffle Mix

Enjoy Life Pancake & Waffle Mix

Top 8 Allergen Free, Vegan, Non GMO

Folks with food allergies can rest assured that this pancake & waffle mix wont leave you with any negative side affects. It's top 8 allergen free and, best of all, it tastes great! On top of all that it has 5g of protein per serving and contains probiotics.

Bi Aglut Lasagne

Bi Aglut Lasagne

Gluten Free, Wheat Free

Since its inception in 1964, BiAglut has always focused on fulfilling the needs of its main customers, individuals with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and those who follow a gluten-free diet. In doing so, the brand offers a unique and full line of gluten-free products to contribute to a varied and well-balanced diet.

Belle Lucia Chocolate Brownie Pizzelles

Belle Lucia Chocolate Brownie Pizzelles

Gluten Free, Non GMO

These Chocolate Brownie Pizzelles have a delicious milk chocolate brownie flavor and are made with the finest ingredients. Contains no additives or preservatives. Other Flavors we carry: Vanilla, Lemon, Saigon.

Vega Protein and Greens Powder

Vega Protein and Greens Powder

Gluten Free, Vegan, Soy Free, Dairy Free, Non GMO

Vega Protein & Greens covers the basics as a convenient protein boost that makes nutrition on-the-go feel—and taste!—like a piece of cake. Flavors: Berry, Vanilla.

Antonina's Artisan Bakery Carrot Cake

Antonina's Artisan Bakery Carrot Cake

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Non GMO, Organic

From a bakery that is devoted to producing delicious pastries and cakes with natural and wholesome ingredients. Contains: Egg, Milk, Soy.

Chimes Toasted Coconut Toffee

Chimes Toasted Coconut Toffee

Gluten Free, Vegan, Non GMO

Made with freshly pressed coconut milk and cooked with caramelized cane sugar, these little treats are absolutely delicious! The recipe is a classic from Malaysia, where its been a local treat for generations.

Rawxies Bars

Rawxies Bars/Cookies

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free

Rawxies are a hybrid of a nutritional food bar and an indulgent dessert: Not quite a cookie, not quite a bar. These snacks are made from a combo of oats, nuts, dates and coconut which creates a supreme tastes and leaves you feeling fuller for longer. Flavors: Banana Nut Bread, Mint Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Pecan

Nostalgic Bakery Cookies

Nostalgic Bakery Cookies

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Non GMO

Artisan premium cookies that "taste better than regular gluten cookies". They're also are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber! Varieties: Amaretto Limoncello, Strawberry Pomegranate, Chocolate Vanilla, Marvelous Apricot



07-Oct-2015 Author: Jordan Carlson



Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix

Birch Benders Pancake & Waffle Mix

Gluten Free, Organic, Soy Free, Non GMO

A fun new pancake mix that creates a full, fluffy & flavorful pancake. A relatively new company, Birch Benders are sure to become a household name in the gluten free pancake world!

Zemas Madhouse Sweet Potato Pancake Mix

Zemas Madhouse

Top 8 Allergen Free, Vegan, Non GMO

Filled with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber this pancake mix is the ideal for sweet potato lovers and perfect for this time of year. This product uses exclusively high quality ingredients and is even free of all top 8 allergens.

PNG Highlands Summit Ground Coffee

PNG Highlands Summit Ground Coffee

Gluten Free

Flown in directly from Papua New Guinea, this coffee is incredibly clean as the area where it is grown is completely untouched by modern fertilizers or pesticides. Plus, each bag purchased helps support humanitarian efforts in Papua New Guinea. This is also the coffee we brew at our brand new smoothie bar!

Barleans Omega Swirl

Barleans Omega Swirl

Gluten Free, Non GMO

Omega Swirls by Barleans are the best of both worlds: they taste great & improve your health. We've carried a variety of Omega Swirl flavors for a long time but recently expanded our line. New Flavors: Citrus Sorbet, Key Lime, Passion Pineapple, Mango Fusion, Blueberry Pomegranate.

Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk

Orgain Organic Protein Almond Milk

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Non GMO, Organic

Packed with 10g of organic protein powder plus plant based calcium and vitamin D. Goes great with smoothies, cereals or as a quick on the go protein boost. Flavors: Unsweetened Vanilla and Lightly Sweetened Vanilla.

Taos Mountain Bars

Taos Mountain Bars

Gluten Free, Vegan, Non GMO

From a company that is devoted to quality ingredients and supreme taste. Each bar has its own unique flavor & texture. Flavors: Chocolate Butterscotch, Caramel Pecan, Toasted Coconut, Almond Agave.



15-Sep-2015 Author: Dr. Katie Corazzo



Image of Happy Woman AS SUMMER COMES TO AN END SO DO OUR DAYS OF SUNSHINE AND VITAMIN D UP HERE IN MINNESOTA. BUT NO LONGER ARE THE DAYS WHERE BONE HEALTH IS THE ONLY FOCUS FOR VITAMIN D. MOOD, ENERGY, AND IMMUNE FUNCTION ARE GREATLY IMPACTED BY YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS AS WELL.


Do you ever feel sad, un-motived, or unable to enjoy the things you love for weeks or months? Depression and mood disorders have many different causes, but one place to look is at your vitamin D, or lack there of.

It is estimated that 1 billion people worldwide are deficient in vitamin D. Rates of deficiency in the US are on the rise. An NHANES study showed that about 40% of Americans have a subclinical deficiency and 30% are deficient. Only about 20% of Americans have sufficient vitamin D levels.

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The skin is able to convert ultraviolet rays into vitamin D, but we cannot produce enough vitamin D from sunlight at latitudes above 42 degrees N most of the year. Minnesota is at 46 degrees N latitude. I’m sure you can do the math. This is especially important because it is not commonly found in foods. There are 2 forms of vitamin D in our diet – D2 (ergocalciferol) is in plant sources (mushrooms treated with UV, fortified cereals) and D3 (cholecalciferol) from animal products (fatty fish, eggs from chickens fed vitamin D).

Lack of sunlight exposure, over 65 years old, dark skin, certain medications, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and a baby exclusively breastfed without vitamin D supplementation can increase your risk for D deficiency.

Signs your Vitamin D might be low:

  • Depression
  • Throbbing bone pain – symmetric lower back pain, pelvis, legs
  • Muscle aches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pain with pressure over sternum or tibia
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

How does vitamin D impact my body?

Vitamin D has a clear association with bone density, but there are numerous other disease processes that are affected by vitamin D. Studies show a relationship between D deficiency and autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Cancer (colon, breast, prostate, and pancreatic), high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and neurodegenerative disorders are also linked with D deficiency just to name a few. [2] Part 3 will cover the immune system in more detail.

Does vitamin D impact my mood?

Your mood can also be impacted by your vitamin D status. More research is needed to better understand how, but studies have revealed that low vitamin D levels are more prominent in those with depression. [3]

Another study showed an improvement in scores on the Becks Depression Inventory II, 3 months after high dose vitamin D treatment compared to those without vitamin D treatment. [4] This indicates that vitamin D can be helpful for those with depression.

Those suffering from fibromyalgia often have symptoms of anxiety and depression. One study looked at vitamin D levels in those with fibromyalgia and how it is connected to depression and anxiety. They found that patients with vitamin D deficiency scored higher on Hospital Anxiety and Depression Score (HADS). However, they did not notice a relationship between vitamin D status and musculoskeletal symptoms of the disease. [5] So while vitamin D may not reduce the pain associated with fibromyalgia, it can improve your mood.

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Mood disorders and vitamin D were reviewed by the Journal of Midwifery Womens Health. They found that premenstrual syndrome (PMS), seasonal affective disorder, non-specified mood disorder, and major depressive disorder in women were associated with low levels of vitamin D in various studies. [6] Researchers looked at 6 women with low levels of vitamin D. They were evaluated with the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) before and after vitamin D supplementation. Their levels of vitamin D increased while their BDI scores decreased significantly by an average of 10 points. While this was a small population, it showed that vitamin D can reduce symptoms of depression in females with low vitamin D levels.

There seems to be a clear association between vitamin D and mood disorders, especially in those who are deficient. When was the last time your vitamin D was tested? I frequently recommend a simple blood test for patients to evaluate their vitamin D status. This is important to establish a safe dosage of vitamin D. Vitamin D is fat soluble; therefore high doses are not needed long-term and can become harmful if taken too long. There are many health benefits to take vitamin D, but it is important to consult with a qualified health professional whenever beginning a new supplement regimen.



09-Sep-2015 Author: Jordan Carlson



Daiya Greek Style Yogurt

Daiya Greek Style Yogurt

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan

Thick and creamy greek style yogurt from a company that specializes in dairy free concoctions. Each yogurt is loaded with fruity flavor and 8g of protein. Flavors: Strawberry, Cherry.

Hi I'm Skinny Chips

Hi I'm Skinny Sticks

Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

The perfect guilt-free snack. The name comes from the thin shape of each stick and also the health-conscious pursuits that go in to each bag. Flavors: Veggie Tortilla, Real Sweet Potato, Ancient Grains Sweet Onion, Ancient Grains Sea Salt.

Barnana Super Potassium Snack

Barnana Super Potassium Snack

Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Organic, Vegetarian

Barnana only uses whole, organic ingredients. When you eat Barnana, you are getting the pure wholesome nutrition that your body needs with no chemicals and no preservatives. Plus it's packed with potassium which helps you maintain energy in your muscles, activity in your nerves and aids in healthy digestion.

Simple Mills Baking Mixes

Simple Mills Baking Mixes

Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and non-GMO

An extensive line of baking mixes created with only simple ingredients and is very allergen friendly. Varieties: Artisan Bread Mix, Banana Muffin Mix, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Chocolate Muffin & Cake Mix, Pancake & Waffle Mix, Pizza Dough Mix, Pumpking Muffin Mix, Vanilla Cake Mix.

Mighty Bars

Mighty Bars Grass Fed Beef Bars

Gluten Free, Nut Free, Organic

Organic Prairie Mighty Bars are hearty, delicious, protein-rich meat bar snacks made from 100% grassfed, organic beef. These wholesome, heatlthy pick-me-ups are conveniently packaged for busy, on-the-go lifestyles.

Sunrise Creative Gourmet Pasta

Sunrise Creative Gourmet Pasta

Gluten Free

Sunrise Creative Gourmet is a local company that develops hand crafted, gluten free pastas in St. Paul, MN. These pastas are brand new from a company devoted to creating high quality products. Varieties: Garlic Basil Gnocchi, Butternut Squash Gnocchi, Penne, Fusilli, Rotini.

Brewla Specialty Brewed Bars

Brewla Specialty Brewed Bars

Gluten Free, Non-GMO, No Sugar Added

Ever heard of a healthy popsicle? We hadn't either. But here they are, no artificial flavors or sweeteners and made with high quality ingredients. Plus they taste great!



24-Aug-2015 Author: Jordan Carlson



Epic Bites

Epic Bites

Gluten Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Paleo

EPIC Bites are better for you, shareable, snacks that fit into a category of their own. More similar to jerky, EPIC Bites are created by combining whole animal muscle meat with flavor forward spice combinations. Flavors: Chicken Meat, Beef Jerky, Bison Meat

The New Primal Jerky

The New Primal Jerky

Gluten Free, Grass-fed

Tasteful and filling jerky from a brand that believes in producing high quality primal foods, free of chemicals and preservatives. Flavors: Turkey Jerky, Spicy Grass Fed Beef Jerky, Original Grass-fed Beef Jerky.

Go Raw Coco Crunch Sprouted Granola

Go Raw Coco Crunch Sprouted Granola

Gluten Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Organic

The rich flavor of organic cacao melds perfectly with buckwheat, dates, coconut and a mix of seeds, making a delicious granola on its own or added to your favorite dessert.

Glutino Original Animal Crackers

Glutino Original Animal Crackers

Gluten Free

A gluten free spin on a classic cracker. It's yet another creation from glutino that will allow your kids (or you) to forget about ever missing the gluten-filled version of these tasty crackers.

Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate

Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate

Top 8 Allergen Free!

Collagen has a unique amino acid scructure with high amounts of glycine, lysine and proline, which are found to generate cell growth. Furthermore, collagen is an excellent proponant for building cartilage and replacing the synovial fluids between joints making it a perfect supplement for athletes, the elderly, or anyone with an active lifestyle.



17-Jul-2015 Author: Jordan Carlson



PRIMAL KITCHEN AVOCADO MAYO

Created by Mark Sisson, one of the most respected voices in the paleo community, this product is the perfect replacement for traditional mayo. Instead of being laden with unhealthy oils and sugars like most mayonnaise products on the market, this mayo is made with one of the worlds most amazing superfoods, avocado! Combine avocado oil with organic, cage free eggs, organic vinegar, and some salt and you've yourself one of the healthiest (and best tasting) mayo around.

Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Organic Cage-Free Eggs, Organic Egg Yolks, Organic Vinegar (From Non-GMO Beets), Sea Salt, Rosemary Extract

Mayo Details

  • Made with avocado oil
  • Cage-free, organic eggs
  • Primal & Paleo Approved
  • Sugar, Gluten, Dairy, Soy & Canola Oil Free

Mayo Benefits

  • Great source of healthy fats
  • Amazing taste
  • High in Vitamin E and monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids
  • Anit-inflammatory


VITAL PROTEINS COLLAGEN

Collagen is an incredibly important protein that plays a crucial role in a wide variety of processes in the body including: improving the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of skin, hair, tendon, cartilage, bones, and joints. Because of the seemingly ubiquitous nature of collagen, daily intake of this protein has been proven to be immensely helpful for those whose cartilage, tendons, bones, etc. are in more dire circumstance, like athletes and the elderly. Vital Proteins collagen is derived from pasture-raised cattle in the lush grasslands of Brazil. The cattle were not given any hormones, steroids or antibiotics.

Ingredients: 100% South American Pasture-Raised Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides

Protein Details

  • Pasture Raised
  • Gluten Free, rBGH Free, Non GMO, Kosher
  • No Additives or Preservatives
  • Great for mixing into a quick drink with juice, milk, or water
  • Easily mixed into foods such as oatmeal, pasta sauce, or smoothies
  • Light molecular weight is highly digestible

Protein Benefits

  • Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
  • Helps keep bones healthy and strong
  • Supports joint health
  • Contributes to a balanced diet and helps maintain weight
  • Supports healthy inflammation response due to overexercise
  • Natural glycine improves sleep quality


FREE INDEED GLUTEN FREE FLOUR

Dedicated to providing fun, safe food for families who have food allergies and sensitivities, Free Indeed Food got it's start as a popular vendor at the Minnesota State Fair. Their top 8 allergen free mini donut recipe quickly became a fair favorite back in 2013 and has provided those with food allergies a rare opportunity to indulge in delicious fair-food. Their donut recipe was such a hit that they recently released their very own Gluten Free All Purpose Flour. We are honored to be the first store to carry their brand new product! Come support a local business and give it a try!

Ingredients: Tapioca starch, rice flour, potato starch, brown rice flour and ancient grain blend (sorghum flour, teff flour, amaranth flour, quinoa flour, millet flour)

Flour Details

  • Gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, nut & egg free
  • Dedicated allergen free facility
  • Easy to use
  • Use cup-for-cup in place of regular flour
  • Just add your own xanthan gum




10-Jul-2015 Author: Jordan Carlson



Lovely Candy Co. Caramels

Lovely Candy Co. Caramels

Gluten Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO

Deliciously soft and sweet caramels made with high quality ingredients. We currently carry their licorice as well and they are very popular. Varieties: Original Carmels and Chocolate Swirl Caramels.

Terrior Maple Toffee

Terrior Maple Toffee

Gluten Free

Maple toffee made with maple syrup from Fergus Falls, MN. for cocoa nibs to make it nut-free as well. It's a must try and a great way to support a local company!

Terrior Chocolate Bars

Terrior Chocolate Bars

Gluten Free, Soy Free, Nut Free

Another great line of products from this brand new and local company. Greate taste with high quality ingredients and tons of flavors. Flavors: Wild Orange, Sea Salt, Muir Coffee Estate, Öko Caribe 70%, Madagascar 70% and Guatemala 70%.

Crosse & Blackwell Shrimp Sauce

Crosse & Blackwell Shrimp Sauce

Gluten Free

A gluten free zesty shrimp sauce that is a tasty and convenient option for shrimp cocktails, dressings and seafood dips.

Earth Balance Avocado Oil Spread

Earth Balance Avocado Oil Spread

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Non-GMO, Vegan

Add some appetizing appeal to your favorite foods with this deliciously smooth spread, made with avocado oil. If you love avocado, this product is for you!



16-Jun-2015 Author: Dr. Katie Corazzo



Cinnamon

Cinnamon brings memories of apple cider and snowflakes falling, briefly numbing the pain of another long, cold winter. Aside from the comforting smell of cinnamon, it also has many health benefits.

Cinnamon may be effective in improving blood sugar, insulin activity, blood pressure, and improve wound healing. In addition, it is also an antioxidant and antimicrobial agent to help ward off those pesky winter colds. Check out Ceylon Cinnamon at your local store, or in the bulk section at a health food store.

Here are a few easy ways to use food as medicine with the powers of cinnamon:

1. Spice up your morning java.

I love adding cinnamon to freshly ground coffee beans. Add it to the grounds and your coffee will have a hint of cinnamon without the need to mix it in. You may even be able to forgo your creamer with this sweet addition.

2. Use it for sweeter potatoes and other root veggies.

Roast sweet potatoes and root veggies with cococnut oil, cinnamon, rosemary and a pinch of sea salt for 20 minutes on 375ºF. The aroma is insanely delicious.

3. Use it for cinnamon oats.

Add some flavor to your morning oats with cinnamon. Serve cooked oats with your favorite milk alternative, crushed almonds, fresh berries and cinnamon.

4. Try a cinnamon smoothie.

Ever used a protein powder that didn't taste great? Cinnamon can help sweeten up your smoothie without adding sugar.

Add the following ingredients to a blender and pulse until smooth:

  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • ½ cup raw spinach
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup berries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground flax seed
  • ice
  • water or unsweetened milk alternative

5. Make cinnamon nut butter.

Feeling ambitious? Roast your own nut and put them through the food processor with cinnamon to make your own cinnamon nut butter.

6. Add it to pancakes.

Regardless of whether you're making pancakes from scratch or using a mix, you can always add in cinnamon. Serve with your homemade cinnamon nut butter. Slice up bananas and add those too.

7. Mix it into your favorite yogurt.

Are you noticing a breakfast trend?! If you decide to consume yogurt (dairy or non-dairy) be sure to investigate the label for added sugar. If your product passes the no-sugar inspection, sweeten with cinnamon and add your favorite nuts for extra protein.