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Only the freshest eggs for you

What is it with us and our ‘Dirty Egg’ thing? A couple of years ago, while doing some research, I discovered to my horror that commercially graded eggs (organic or otherwise) were given a 6 month shelf life. 6 months from the time they were laid. I also discovered that all the eggs go through a chemical wash or bleaching. Remember, an egg is a permeable surface (for a chick to grow oxygen must pass through).

Now, I’m of the belief that most things given a ‘best before,’ expiration or ‘use by’ date tend to be fine well after the guidelines given. These things tend to add to the enormous global issue of food waste. But eggs? An animal product? This truly disturbed me.

So began the quest for the fresh egg. Many of you have friends with chickens or visit farmers markets to get the freshest eggs. This is great, but sometimes not convenient when you are in the middle of a recipe and you ran out of eggs.

All the eggs carried at Sprout are now farm fresh. We have two wonderful farms we deal with: Goat’s Pride in Abbotsford (we’ve been dealing with them for years) and our newest and larger producer of our eggs, Little Mountain Farm in Aldergrove. All the chickens of both farms are outside eating bugs and scratching around. All the feed that supplements the chickens are certified organic grains – no weird animal by-products at all.

The eggs are washed by hand and packaged up and delivered weekly. That’s about as fresh as we can get!

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Add Maca to your smoothie

Maca root powder is often touted by nutritional ‘experts’ as a superfood.

 It consists of: 

  • more than 20 amino acids including 8 essential amino acids (meaning they are essential from diet as our bodies cannot make them)
  • Vitamins B1,B2,C & E
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium 
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Sulphur
  • Sodium
  • Iron

It is also contains loads of phytonutrients.

Maca helps endurance &stamina, energy, boosts the immune system, memory & focus. Maca is also known to assist in hormone balancing in both men and women- aids in fertility. The benefits go on.

This is the brand we like here at Sprout.

Try it out and let us know how it works for you.

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Veggies help me overcome my cooking boredom

Chopped herbs and veggiesI lost my cooking mojo. I think I lost it somewhere around Christmas or mid-January. I just couldn’t come up with a meal plan to save my life. I could have lived off quinoa salad or cereal for dinner. Ugh.

Doing my sugarfree February has reinvigorated my will to cook. Maybe it’s that I am craving a wider range of flavors, or maybe it’s that I can taste them so vividly. Whatever it is, I’m digging it (and I think the family is too). The rainbow has never tasted so good. Vegetable consumption is at an alltime high in this sprout household.

I made this fab green smoothie to hold me over till dinner. YUM! (insert green smoothie pic here)

1 pack of pure almond milk from NUEZ Milk (makes 2 cups)

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cup curly green kale

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tbsphemp hearts

1/2 limejuiced

2 peeled and cored apples

1 tsp. moranga

1 tsp. maca (I like the Giddy Yoyo brand.)

Let the chia seeds sit in the almond milk for 5-10 minutes before blending all the ingredients together with ice.


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Time to reset and reevaluate

When we think about eating seasonably, it’s pretty tough when Mother Nature turns you on your head.

Possibly you are on a cleanse. Many people think that after the festive season, this is the best time to do one. My thoughts are both yes and no.

Yes, because we do tend to ‘overindulge’ through the holidays. Sometimes this continues well into January because, heck, why stop now?

I would also say ‘no’ for a cleanse at this time of year. Look outside – it is still winter and our bodies are still focusing on warming, building, and grounding foods.

What I am doing, and encourage you all to think about, is a reset. I am doing a sugar-free February. I’m loving it! As much as my family and I eat a really good, clean diet, we have given in to the lure of that sweet devil called sugar.

By no sugar, I’ve cut out: honey (except for my cheat of 1/2 a tsp in my coffee each morning), maple syrup, coconut sugar, dates, grapes, mango, pineapple, bananas, and of course, sugar itself.

This means no sweetener in my morning oats; blueberries are all the sweet I get. No afternoon boost of a chai latte or mocha (yes, I was indulging big time!) and no delicious baked goods.

Oh goodness, that’s a tough one for me! I love a fresh baked muffin or homemade cookie. But, soon enough the month will be over and I will reintroduce these things with sugar-free baking.

It is a good time to remind ourselves to read all the labels of the food you love. For example, did you know that broths in the tetra packs come with sugar? Yes! All the more reason to either make your own bone broths (super easy!) or, buy them. We have a fabulous one from the Mad Brit made here in Vancouver called ‘Boned’.

Are any of you on a cleanse or doing a reset? I’d love to hear how you are managing so far, and what innovative recipes you are coming up with.


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Another fantastic find

These fabulous little scrubs are new in store! They will gently scrub any stubborn bits on your pots and pans.

When they won’t rinse what was scrubbed, simply put them on the top rack of your dishwasher and they come out clean.

We love them- they are ‘sprout-worthy’!

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