Environment Working Group:

The Dirty Dozen 

 EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides  is an awesome resource to keep you and your family eating a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables without pesticides!    The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.
1.  Apples                                                            7.  Lettuce
2.  Bell Peppers                                              8.  Nectarines
3.  Blueberries                                           9.  Peaches
4.  Celery                                                             10.  Potatoes
5.  Cucumbers                                                   11.  Spinach
6.  Grapes                                                            12.  Strawberries
Additional Information: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary/

Do you have a Co-op near You?

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Twin Cities Co-ops

The Twin Cities Natural Foods Co-op is a chapter of the National Cooperative Grocers’ Association.

The local twin cities co-ops work collaboratively together on projects that benefit all the members of our group, like publishing a newsletter, printing store materials, sharing training resources and more. If you’re a member at one of the co-ops listed below, you’ll receive members-only pricing on monthly member specials, and discounts on classes and events at any participating Twin Cities co-op.

Working together is one of the many advantages of cooperative businesses. We share our strength.


City Center Market (formerly MOMS), Cambridge

Eastside Food Co-op, Northeast Minneapolis

Just Food Co-op, Northfield

Lakewinds Natural Foods, Anoka, Chanhassen and Minnetonka

Linden Hills Co-op, Southwest Minneapolis

Mississippi Market, two St. Paul locations

River Market Community Co-op, downtown Stillwater

Seward Co-op Grocery & Deli, on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis

St. Peter Food Co-op, St. Peter

Valley Natural Foods, Burnsville

Wedge Co-op, just south of downtown Minneapolis

NingXia Red® is a naturally delicious, nutrient-infused drink that will energize and replenish your body. Rich in wide-spectrum antioxidant activity, NingXia Red has the highest levels of naturally occurring S-ORAC activity to help support immune function, cardiovascular health, and nourish the eyes.

NingXia Red also contains lemon and orange essential oils rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene to promote healthy liver function. Ningxia wolfberry, the primary ingredient in NingXia Red, has been cherished for centuries for its health and longevity benefits.  NingXia Red is also a great carrier to Weed botanical tinctures.

ningxia red

Benefits Include:

  • Dynamic energy and stamina without harmful stimulants (e.g., caffeine, green tea, etc.)
  • Key glyconutrients that fuel vital energy systems
  • Unique protein-polysaccharides that help sustain proper immune function
  • Highest levels of naturally occurring, age defying S-ORAC activity
  • Great taste with no sugary “junk-juices” (e.g., apple, white grape, pear, etc.)

Health Benefits of Organo Gold Coffee and Tea

healthy coffee

Organo Gold coffee and tea products contain Ganoderma extract, a Reishi mushroom used extensively in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat a variety of health concerns.  It can be used to treat these same ailments with virtually no side effects.  Some of these health benefits include:

  • Possesses anti-aging properties
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Effective in fighting cancer
  • Treats high blood pressure
  • Fights coronary diseases
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Rejuvenates cells
  • Boosts Stamina
  • Oxygenates the body
  • Alkaline instead of acidic
  • Brings high energy level

Try your sample today!~   Follow the link below for a complementary sample!!


Grass Fed Beef Stew

beef stew

It is still chilly outside, even as the calender states April 9th.  Here is a warming beef stew recipe to keep the chill out.   A slow-cooker works great!


2 lbs. grass fed beef, cut into cubes
Sea salt
Organic Extra Virigin Coconut oil
5 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup fresh pearl onions, trimmed, peeled
3 good sized hefty gold potatoes, peeled, cut up * organic
3 good sized carrots, peeled, sliced  *organic
2 celery stalks, sliced  *organic
1 cup dry red table wine
4 cups organic beef broth (homemade or * organic, grass-fed)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1-2 teaspoons dried Italian or French herbs, to taste (thyme, sage, rosemary, basil, etc)
1 bay leaf
Ground pepper, to taste


First- salt the cubes of beef on all sides. Wait a few minutes

Get your slow cooker situated and turned on to High.

Heat a dash of  coconut oil in a deep heavy pot over medium-high heat. Brown the beef cubes on all sides to sear in the flavor, using long tongs to turn the pieces.

This doesn’t take but maybe five minutes, or so. Remove the beef and add it to the slow cooker.

Add in the garlic, pearl onions, potatoes, carrots and celery. Pour in the wine and broth.

Stir. Add the balsamic, herbs and ground pepper. Cover and let the magic happen.

The stew is ready when the beef and vegetables are tender- about 4 to 5 hours if cooked on High.

Read more: http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

Gorilla Yoga Gathering this Saturday!

gorilla yogis jack


Jack Certain, 7-years old and looking for a new kidney.  Can you help?

Please join Gorilla Yogis THIS SATURDAY in community and support for Jack and his family.

Saturday, April 13th


Thorp Building & Central Business Center

1620 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

More Info:




Join Dr. Mark Hyman and TAKE BACK YOUR HEALTH! 


Eat-In Begins  April 7, 2013

Don’t miss!  Check out video link below!!



I pledge to
take back my kitchen,
to create a healthy 
home cooked meal
and enjoy it with
those I love.

Hidden MSG in your food?

no more msg

By: Dr. Frank Lipman

To create and sustain health, feeding the body properly is absolutely essential – which is why I advise my patients to eliminate all processed foods. Why is this so critically important? Because virtually all processed foods are loaded with bad-for-the-body additives that wreak havoc on your health. Topping the charts of dangerous additives is the deservedly maligned MSG, (monosodium glutamate), a known carcinogen, endocrine disrupter and killer of brain cells, which may also be linked to the development of cardiac problems, kidney problems, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Lou Gehrig’s disease to name a few. Any wonder why feel I must spread the word on this devastating toxin millions of people eat every day?

To follow are a few key points everyone needs to know about MSG – which I hope will inspire you to jettison the stuff from your pantry, fridge and ultimately, your life:

Not Feeling So Good?

Processed foods fill the body with additives. Whole foods don’t. MSG, which is found in an estimated 80% of processed foods, sets off a variety of adverse reactions such as skin rashes, headaches, moodiness, irritability, IBS, heart palpitations, depression and more, depending on your tolerance. How fast and hard you get hit by these problems depends on your ability to tolerate it, but regardless, eating foods laced with MSG are devastating to your organs. In short, MSG has the ability to make people feel lousy in the short term and potentially, very, very sick in the long-term. Whole, unprocessed foods have the opposite effect. The choice is yours.

Do It Yourself

The simplest way to keep MSG off your plate? Cook for yourself. Keep restaurant meals to a minimum and eliminate processed foods. In other words, take control of your ingredients and what goes on your plate. Most restaurant meals are flavor “enhanced” with MSG, as are virtually all processed foods, so the more you cook for yourself, the fewer additives you’ll be dumping into your bloodstream. Assemble your meals from fresh, whole foods, veggies and fruits, unprocessed and uncut to ensure you’re eating MSG-free.

What Did You Say Your Name Was?

Chances are, if you saw MSG on the label, you’d put it right back on the shelf and keep walking. Food processers know this, so it’s rare that you’ll see the actual phrase “MSG” on a label. Instead, they hide the evidence by making MSG difficult to identify. Also known as glutamate (the chemical in monosodium glutamate), MSG often lurks behind murky phrases like “natural ingredients,” “natural seasonings, ” “natural flavors,” or specific ones that don’t easily reveal the presence of MSG, such as maltodextrin, gelatin, glutamic acid, citric acid, hydrolyzed yeast, protein isolate, textured protein, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP), soy protein extract, autolyzed plant protein, autolyzed yeast, yeast extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate  and modified corn starch to name a few. As the FDA doesn’t consider glutamate hazardous to eat, it’s easy for food processors to blur the presence of MSG, making it nearly impossible for the average consumer to recognize.

“No Added MSG” Doesn’t Mean MSG-free

Even more absurd is the loophole that allows processed foods to be marked “no added MSG,” or “contains no MSG,” even though they still contain glutamate, the chemical in MSG. While it may seem like hair-splitting, the phrases “no added MSG,” “contains no MSG,” and even “MSG-free” are by no means a guarantee that glutamate isn’t in the processed foods you buy. Even some processed organic foods are guilty of hiding the nasty stuff. In many cases, a close label-reading will turn up glutamate here too, so my advice is to skip all processed foods, organic or otherwise.

Shop Like A Sleuth

If you must eat the occasional processed food, look for items with no more than 3-to-5 ingredients on the label, and be sure each ingredient is an actual food or specific spice, not a blend of chemical additives. Also, when you go to the supermarket, take along a copy of Truth In Labeling’s comprehensive guide to the names of ingredients that contain MSG. You can download a PDF from www.truthinlabeling.org/hiddensources_printable.pdf . For a more in-depth examination of MSG’s impact on your health, take a look at Dr. Russell Blaylock’s excellent book ‘Excitotoxins – The Taste That Kills’ – you’ll never look at processed foods the same way again!

10 Steps to a Homemade, Toxin-Free Manicure!

nail polish


We all know how harmful the products we use can be for our general health, and nail polish is one of the worst offenders. Not to mention the preservatives and additional chemicals in the lotions and scrubs we use to keep our nails looking sexy. Fortunately, when we make products ourselves, we know exactly what is in them and can stay away from known carcinogens and other harmful chemicals. Try out this step-by-step guide to an at-home summer manicure that is completely toxin-free, and rest easy knowing you did it all on your own. Before you start, look below for easy ways to make at-home sugar scrubs, nail soaks, cuticle cream and body lotion. Try out the recipes and get started on your DIY makeover today!

You will need:
A nail file
Cuticle sticks
Cuticle clippers
Your non-toxic polish of choice
Your homemade nail soak
Your homemade sugar scrub
Your homemade cuticle cream
Your homemade vanilla body lotion
A clean towel
Nail polish remover and a flat brush

1. Shape Your Nails
You want to shape your nails when they are dry to get the best effect. Choose which nail shape you like best and use a picture to get started. If you have one or two fingers with nails that have broken, file all the rest down to that length to create an even look. File the nails from the corners to the center, using inward strokes. Stay away from the sides of your nails as this increases the risk of breakage and changes the shape of your natural nail bed.

2. Soak Hands
It’s time to break out the first of your at-home recipes for your hand soak. You can make a hand soak with several different kinds of ingredients, or with some simple non-toxic soap and water if you want to save time and money. Soak your hands for about 10 minutes. Here is a great recipe for a super-moisturizing nail soak:
– 2 tablespoons dried chamomile flowers
– 5 drips lavender oil (you can use any essential oils you like)
– 1 teaspoon almond oil
Steep the flowers in enough water to fill a medium soaking bowl, strain out the flowers, and add the oil.

3. Apply Cuticle Oil and Re-Soak
Before you start your manicure, prepare this wonderful cuticle oil from non-toxic DIY pro Sophie Uliano of GorgeouslyGreen.com. Rub it into your cuticles and continue soaking your hands.

4. Apply Sugar Scrub
Once your hands are soft, take them out and apply your homemade sugar scrub to exfoliate. To make the scrub, take about ½ cup of sugar and put it in a small bowl. Add olive oil until the sugar is damp. Spread over your hands and forearms and scrub.

5. Rinse
With the scrub still on, dip your hands back into the hand soak and rub until the sugar has dissolved. Finish rinsing under the faucet until your hands are completely clean.

6. Dry
Gently dry your hands with the clean towel. Rub your cuticles with edge of the towel to remove excess skin and loosen the cuticle area.

7. Push back cuticle
Use your cuticle stick to gently push back the cuticle of each nail. You can also use the stick to remove excess skin and dirt from under the nails. Be careful with cuticle trimmers. The best thing to do is leave cuticles alone as much as you can and simply use the trimmers to remove loose skin and hangnails.

8. Lotion, Lotion, Lotion
Before you start your manicure, try out this lotion recipe from Gorgeously Green so you can use a completely toxin-free moisturizer for this step. This delicious Nontoxic Vanilla Body Cream, courtesy of Sophie Uliano, is the perfect way to finish this manicure. Rub a large amount of lotion onto each hand and slowly massage it into your palms, the tops of your hands, your wrists and forearms. Take some time to massage the lotion into your cuticle area. You may even want to do a second coat on your cuticles and let the lotion sit a bit to smooth any rough patches.

9. Apply Polish
Now, for the most important part! Since you want to keep this manicure completely toxin-free, choosing the right nail polish will make all the difference. Look for brands that are water-based and free of free of DBP, formaldehyde and phalates. Check out the newest shades from popular non-toxic brands like Priti and Zoya, or grab the perfect shade of nude here in the water-based line, Suncoat. Clean your nails thoroughly with a towel to wipe off the lotion before you start painting. Go ahead and use a nail polish remover to remove excess paint around your cuticles (the pros do this with a flat brush dipped in remover), because that’s the best way to get that unwanted polish off and create a clean, professional look.

10. Let Nails Dry
Make sure not to let all your hard work go to waste, and take the time to let your nails dry fully before you head out to grab a coffee or start folding laundry. If you have a small self-standing fan, you can place your nails in front of it to speed up the process. Also, try to paint with thin coats to shorten drying time.

Jemima Lopez is a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning and best online colleges. 

Buying Club in South Minneapolis!

fridgeCheck out Dr. Jessica’s fridge after her buying club delivery.  It happens every other Tuesday and provides many of the healthy foods she uses to make healthy meals for her family. And since it’s a working co-op, she saves an average of 30%.  You get to choose what you want to order each time – no surprise CSA boxes (although those are great too)!  If you’re interested in joining, a new branch just opened in South Minneapolis and has room for 15 more members.

Feel free to check out their website ahttp://www.naturalfamilybuyingclub.org/.

 Buying Club Members take turns sorting produce (approx 3 times) and delivering produce (approx 6 times) throughout the year on Tuesday mornings.  This investment of time is central to the success of the Buying Club and is what allows us to access fresh organic produce at very reasonable prices.