Heart-Healthy Blueberry and Dark Chocolate Smoothie

This delicious smoothie is a great way to get in heart-healthy nutrients. It’s loaded with antioxidants; plus blueberries may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve cardiovascular health. The flavonoids in dark chocolate also support a healthy cardiovascular system. Look for less-processed varieties, like the raw cacao powder used in this recipe, in order to get the most benefits from your chocolate. Serves 1 Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 0 minutes Ingredients 1 cup almond milk 1 cup organic blueberries, frozen ½ medium banana, peeled, cut into chunks and frozen 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder ¼ teaspoon unflavored Natural Calm magnesium Directions Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately. Get the...

Fermented Spritzer with Fresh Summer Fruit

By Organic Connections Kitchen This spritzer is a wonderful way to get your probiotics and antioxidants too! The recipe uses brine, a salty fermented liquid that is a byproduct of making sauerkraut. If you don’t make your own sauerkraut at home, you can use brine from a store-bought sauerkraut or substitute kombucha instead. This drink is lightly sweet and just a tad salty, making it the perfect electrolyte replacer in hot weather or a tasty treat to enjoy on a sunny day. Serves: 2 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 0 minutes Ingredients 1 tablespoon Natural Calm raspberry-lemon or cherry flavor ½ cup hot water 1½ cups cold water 2 cups coconut water ¼ cup brine (see note below) 1 peach, pitted and sliced ¼ cup fresh blueberries (optional) Ice Directions Place Natural Calm powder in a glass or mug, add hot water. Let it fizz, then stir until dissolved. Mix with cold water, coconut water, brine, fresh fruit, and serve over ice. Note: Brine can come from the juice of homemade sauerkraut or store-bought, or you can use kombucha. If you opt for store-bought sauerkraut juice, be sure to use a raw product so that it still has live bacteria or probiotics. Many farmers’ markets now sell raw...

Healthy Vegetarian Calming Gummy Bears

This unique recipe uses agar, a seaweed product, instead of animal gelatin, making these gummies suitable for vegetarians. Kids will happily take their Natural Calm in the form of these adorable bears. See variation in Notes for how to make Green Gummies with vegetables. INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons of agar powder (available at natural products stores) 1 cup of cherry juice 2 teaspoons of honey (optional) 1 heaping tablespoon of Organic Cherry Natural Calm INSTRUCTIONS Pour the juice into a bowl and sprinkle the agar powder across the top of the juice. Let it sit without stirring it for about 5 minutes. Stir the juice—the liquid should have thickened slightly. Pour all of the juice mixture into a saucepan and turn on high heat. Add the Natural Calm powder and optional honey. Stir together. Allow the mixture to come to a boil. Stir for 1 minute, then remove from heat. The mixture should have a consistency of syrup. Continue to stir the mixture until it cools off a bit (about 2 minutes), and then pour it into the molds. Note: Do not let it cool for too long without stirring it, as it will get thick and lumpy. Place the molds into the refrigerator for about 2 hours or until all the gummies are solid. Pop the gummy bears out and enjoy! NOTES If you’d like green gummy bears, try adding a green juice with spinach and kale. Our inspiration for this recipe came from health coach Kelley Suggs. Check out her interview with Twin Cities Live to learn more about the benefits of magnesium. We recommend using local, organic...