Health Food Cedar Falls IA

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Roots Market
(319) 266-3801
2021 Main Street
Cedar Falls, IA
 
T n K Natural Food Store
(319) 235-0246
1023 Peoples Sq
Waterloo, IA

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Schuety Enterprises
(319) 230-3105
411 Joseph Rd
Dunkerton, IA

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Cedar Falls Farmers Market
(319) 266-8189
South side of Overman Park on 3rd Street
Cedar Falls, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon
County
Black Hawk

Cedar Valley Farmers Market II
(319) 296-1840
SE Corner of Kimball Avenue & Ridgeway Road
Waterloo, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
County
Black Hawk

Roots Market
(319) 266-3801
2021 Main Street
Cedar Falls, IA

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Roots Market
(319) 266-3801
2021 Main St
Cedar Falls, IA
 
Thunder Ridge Farmers Market
(319) 345-6902
2302 West 1st Street
Cedar Falls, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
County
Black Hawk

University Avenue Farmers Market
(319) 236-0580
4000 University Avenue
Waterloo, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : No
Hours
June-October Thursday, 4:00 p.m- 7:00 p.m
County
Black Hawk

Cedar Valley Farmers Market I
(319) 296-1840
Crossroads Shopping Center
Waterloo, IA
General Information
Covered : No
Open Year Round : No
Programs
WIC Accepted : Yes
SFMNP Accepted : Yes
SNAP Accepted : Yes
Hours
May-October Thursday, 3:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
County
Black Hawk

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Frozen Spinach for Breakfast?

Frozen Spinach for Breakfast?

Frozen Spinach for Breakfast? Jo Wehage : Head Operations Ego
Frozen Spinach for Breakfast?

Sure, why not? I have frozen spinach for breakfast almost every morning. I think you should too. Just think, Popeye would have nothing on you! It’s quick, it’s easy and the enormous boost it can add to your health status make it worth your consideration.

Now, before I lose you know this – I never taste the stuff. I taste mostly blueberries and bananas. I blend it into a morning smoothie concoction almost every day. If you have a blender, and can allow yourself 5 minutes for better health then you’re in business. Not a smoothie person? Well, I ask you to reconsider the option for good reason.

For Failed Foodies Like Me
I don’t like to cook, I have an unpredictable schedule, I have been known to let fresh produce rot and I’m lousy in the kitchen. The one thing I get consistently right is breakfast. I feel good that even if I trip up the rest of the day, at least I supplied my body with wickedly good fuel during the most important meal of the day. A meal I used to skip on a regular basis, I might add.

While spinach is just one of the nutrient gems in my a.m. concoction (recipe below) I focus on it today because it’s so easy to do and hard to refute the benefits.

But Why?
I was inspired to add spinach to my smoothie after I saw a DVD by Dr. Michael Greger called, 2007 Annual Review of Clinical Nutrition. He does this same review every year highlighting that year’s best in nutrition research. In 2007 he profiled a study that demonstrated that dark green leafy veggies could cut your cancer risk in half. How much before an impact was seen? Just three measly leaves of spinach (31g) cut your risk of breast cancer and endometrial cancer by half. Three leaves people!

Now, for those of you who chomp on dark green leaves in a daily salad – special bonus points for you. Unfortunately for many a fresh salad is a goal with sporadic results. 

And it’s not just cancer. Research shows that spinach helps promote heart health, brain health and it’s great for your eyes. The impressive nutrients in spinach are also free radical scavengers, promote bone health, digestive health and even reduce inflammation.

The How-To
Like I said, I like adding frozen spinach to a morning smoothie because I know its powerful medicine and it’s running through my body first thing. I buy a bag of frozen ORGANIC spinach for a couple of reasons. First, organic is important because spinach is consistently one of the foods ranked highest for pesticide residues. Second, buying it frozen means it was picked at the peak of freshness and I don’t have to worry about consuming it before it wilts.

I use the same BPA-free shaker cup, with measurements etched on the side, every day. I have more than one so it’s ready for me on the kitchen counter every morning for a fresh batch of what has become known in my house as Function Fuel.

Function Fuel:

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Is Yogurt Healthy For You? 6 Tips to Be Sure

Is Yogurt Healthy For You? 6 Tips to Be Sure

Is Yogurt Healthy For You? 6 Tips to Be Sure Jo Wehage : Head Operations Ego
Is Yogurt Healthy For You? 6 Tips to Be Sure

“Is this yogurt good for me?” she asks. “Probably not” I answer.

As long as food manufacturers continue to see health and wellness as a “trend” and not a “philosophy” you will have to remain on the diligent path of informed and proactive consumer. Unfortunatley as consumers, we can never trust the front of a food label as that’s a product of marketing, not food science…said the trained marketer.

Is there any yogurt that can be a healthy addition to your life?

It’s possible.

Option #1 – If You Want Probiotics, Choose a Better Option
First, if your goal in eating yogurt is of the “regulate your digestion” variety, then all you need is a good quality probiotic capsule. You will get heaps more friendly bacteria (live & active cultures) without all the mainstream yogurt landmines. Look for formulas based on l.acidophilus and bifidobacteria strains. Voila, you’re done.

Do not, I repeat, do not choose yogurt as the vehicle if the probiotics are your only goal. And I can I just add, I apologize to the bewildered gentleman in the Hyde Park Kroger’s who, in attempting to buy a six-pack of Dannon’s Activa while mentioning to the clerk he didn’t even like the taste, heard me mumble the phrase “Damn Jamie Lee Curtis.”

Option #2 – If You Want a Snack, Choose Wisely
Many of the health benefits associated with yogurt, including better digestion, better nutrient absorption, better colon health, increased immunity, etc. are primarily the work of the healthy gut bacteria (probiotics) provided. However there are additional benefits in yogurt that include a good source of protein and calcium.

In fact, plain yogurt contains around ten to fourteen grams of protein per eight ounces, which amounts to twenty percent of the daily protein requirement for most persons. In fact, eight ounces of yogurt that contains live and active cultures, contains 20 percent more protein than the same volume of milk

But how do you choose?

6 Healthiest Yogurt Buying Tips

  1.  Go Plain. The best nutritional package is plain yogurt that has only two ingredients: live cultures and milk. The longer the ingredient list tends to add calories and reduce nutrition.
  2. Avoid Sugar. The 29 grams of sugar in Activia’s Parfait Crunch, for example, pretty much negate any of the “digestive well-being” they so highly endorse. Not to be outdone, Yoplait’s Original, strawberry flavor conatins 27 grams of sugar. That’s an awful small container for the equivalent of 5-6 teaspoons of sugar! Work to keep the sugar content in the single digits. 
  3. Don’t Believe the Front Label. While we’re on the topic of Yoplait’s Original, strawberry flavor, there’s a notable highlight on the front label: “99% Fat Free.” Check the label. While 170 calories isn’t exactly a high calorie food, it’s not zero either. Plus, 108 of the 170 calories are from sugar. By the way, one of my favo...

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Q. What is the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef?

Q. What is the difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef?

Here’s my version of the a heavy weight match up between
organic grass-fed beef versus, traditional feedlot (grain-fed) beef.

Round 1
Grass-fed beef feeds in open fields of grass, eating what bison and other relatives to the modern day steer have always eaten . . . grass. Organic, sun ripened, natural grass.

Feedlot Beef stands (typically more than ankle deep) in stool and urine soaked feedlots with no room to move and eats whatever is put into the trough in front of them. This usually includes pesticide and herbicide enriched corn, stale bakery goods, heat treated garbage (yes, literally garbage) human refuse, gum wrappers and other discarded food stuffs, tater tots and French fries (I am not kidding) and other “feed expanders” which are FDA approved.

Round 1 goes to the Grass-fed beef.

Round 2
Because grass-fed beef animals eat GRASS they are eating a rich source of chlorophyll as well as plant based phytonutrients. The result is meat that actually has omega 3 fats just like fish. True organic grass-fed animals receive no hormones and thus do not develop as much fat. In fact they have a third less calories ounce per ounce compared to feedlot beef because they have only 10% saturated fat. Grass-fed beef also offers a respectable amount of Omega 3 fat with 150mg per 4 ounce serving. They also have a healthy balance of omega 6 to omega 3 at “2:1” which is a significant difference and in fact healthy for us.

Feedlot beef has much more saturated fat, no omega 3 fats, and of course plenty of unwanted hormones to help make you fat.

Round 2 goes to Grass-fed beef

Round 3
Grass-fed “organic” beef animals do not receive hormones or antibiotics. They don’t need them and so you don’t eat them.

Feedlot beef is made sick by the diet of corn which causes their stomach to become very acidic. Cows and steers were never intended by nature to eat corn much less heat treated garbage. This diet makes their stomach too acidic leading to abscess formation and infections. Therefore they need to receive antibiotics throughout their short lives to control infection. They also receive estrogen and testosterone and other hormones which are known to feed cancer cells. These hormones and antibiotics build up in the muscle tissues of the animals and then you eat them and you get a nice dose of antibiotics and hormones.

Round 3 goes to….well, you know.

Round 4
Grass-fed beef eats a diet that promotes more nutrition in the meat. Grass-fed beef offers 4 times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and 3 times more vitamin A and E over grain fed beef.

As we know, feedlot beef eats a diet of garbage, French fries, corn, and other nutritionally depleted foods. Garbage in = garbage out, as the saying goes. Nutritionally inferior to organic grass-fed beef but feedlot beef dose offer you that nice dose of antibiotics which will destroy the good flora in your bowel and increase your risk for ...

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