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ON SALE NOW! (March 7 – April 6, 2012)

 

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Introducing our New Artisan Sandwich Menu!

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or just ready for a delicious sandwich, our new artisan creations deliver!

Artisan Sandwich Menu Pricing:

All sandwiches are served with a side of Native Sun Macaroni Salad.

Vegetarian Banh Mi: $5.99

Seared Ahi Tuna Sandwich: $7.99

Balsamic Portobello with Arugula Salad Sandwich: $5.99

Cheese Steak Sandwich (Not currently available in the Mandarin Store): $7.99

Ahi Tuna Melt: $7.99

Upcoming Lecture with Lester Burke: “Buried Treasure Liquid Nutrients: Experience the Liquid Advantage”

Join us on Tuesday, January 10th at 8pm in our Mandarin store as Lester Burke of Buried Treasure discusses liquid supplements, Buried Treasure products, certified organics, and much more!

Founded in 1996, Buried Treasure specializes in the manufacture of liquid minerals, liquid vitamins, and liquid speciality nutrient formulas. As the manufacturer of high potency liquid complexes designed for efficient absorption and greater bioavailability, Buried Treasure produces optimum potency synergistic liquid formulas free of fillers, binders, or excipients.

Lester has over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the health food industry. He serves on the board of the SENPA and is a member of the NPA and AHPA.  He is a noted expert contributor to health food magazines, and talk-radio guest speaker for health and nutrition broadcasts.


Seating is limited & reservations are required. Sign up today at Customer Service!

ON SALE NOW! (December 7, 2011 – January 6, 2012)

ALL CUSTOMERS
Check out the latest deals in-store NOW thru January 6, 2012.

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Fresh Turmeric Root Now Available at Native Sun Baymeadows!

The other day, our Baymeadows produce manager poked her head in the door to let me know that we had just received a shipment of turmeric root and she wanted to get the word out because we don’t get it in stock all that often. I wasn’t sure if I had eaten turmeric before, but I was positive that I had never seen it. In order to remedy this situation, we decided to grab some turmeric and set up a photo shoot. As you can see from the picture above, there are certainly more visually appealing foods, but since turmeric is a root, I’m going to forgive its gnarled appearance and focus on its health benefits.

So, what’s so great about turmeric? Well, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric demonstrates anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that could be beneficial in the treatment of the following diseases and conditions*:

  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Pain and Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Depression, Dementia, and other Brain Disorders
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Obesity, Multiple Sclerosis, and Immune System Compromises

In the kitchen, turmeric typically makes itself at home in curries and other Indian style dishes, but works well with all kinds of flavors. If you’re interested in spicing up some of your favorite dishes or trying out some new recipes, swing by Native Sun Baymeadows and pick up some fresh turmeric!

Note: Fresh Turmeric subject to availability. Priced at $12.99/lb.   

*This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please visit our Nutrition Department with any questions you might have about curcumin and its potential health benefits.

The Ever Present Threat of GMOs and the Future of Clean Food

At Native Sun we wholeheartedly believe in the importance of clean, pure food. We strive to provide our customers with the highest quality organic and natural products free of the unwanted additives, chemicals, and fillers that contaminate the products lining the shelves of mainstream American supermarkets. While we believe in the importance of eating organic and avoiding ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners/colors, nitrates, and antibiotics, one of the most important issues facing the organic and natural foods industry remains the prevalence and continued risk of contamination from Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs.

At Native Sun we support the efforts of the Non-GMO project and will soon add their “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal to the products on our shelves. For Native Sun, our support of the Non-GMO project only reinforces our commitment to clean food while providing our customers with additional assurance. We pride ourselves on setting the industry standard, not adopting the industry standard, and for the last decade Native Sun has rigorously researched and scrutinized each and every product on our store shelves. In order for their products to end up in our stores, companies must respond and verify that they operate in accordance with our “GMO letter” which openly questions the quality of the raw materials involved in production as well as each company’s stance on GMOs in general.

We refuse to compromise our standards in an effort to capitalize on industry trends or appease the mass market. If you shop our stores, do so with confidence, understanding that we are continually working to bring you the cleanest products available. GMOs represent the fundamental antagonist to pure foods, jeopardizing the integrity of the food we eat as well as the natural food industry itself. Genetic drift, poorly regulated industry standards, and dishonest manufacturers dirty the lens that magnifies the natural food industry’s every move. Biotech companies anxiously await a fatal misstep that will reveal the supposed hypocrisy of the health food industry that seeks to remedy the ills threatening the future of clean food, not deceive its customer base. Those who manufacture, purchase, and plant GMO seed and produce GMO products fail to understand that they are ruining the food supply we work so diligently to protect.

Ultimately, we are fighting against GMOs to maintain the future integrity of our food supply. If we don’t make an effort to combat GMOs, clean food will become a thing of the past.

Florida Winn-Dixie, Publix recall ground beef for possible E. coli

In response to possible E.coli contamination, Winn-Dixie and Publix supermarkets in Florida pulled some store brand ground beef from their shelves. At this time, no illnesses have been reported. For the full story, click here.

Note: At Native Sun, we purchase meat from privately owned and operated cattle ranch Cowboy Meats. Nestled in the heart of Glen St. Mary’s, Florida, Cowboy Meats relies on rotational grazing, allowing cattle to forage freely while supplementing their diets with fresh alfalfa grass hay. We have worked to develop a relationship with both the farmers and the slaughterhouse to ensure the quality of the ranch and slaughterhouse conditions as well as that of the meat we provide to our customers. Each week, Brad, our meat and seafood manager places an order with Cowboy Meats, literally ordering an entire cow before processing the beef into the cuts needed to satisfy customer demand. The ground beef packaged under the Cowboy Meats brand comes from a single cow, providing a clean, safe alternative to feed lot ground beef, which often comes from multiple cows and increases the risk of spreading bacteria and disease. If you’re keen on ground beef, stop by either Native Sun location and make the switch to local, grass fed beef!

Concerned About GMOs in Organic Seedless Fruits?

With summer in full swing, organic seedless watermelons and organic seedless grapes start cropping up in our produce displays. For those accustomed to more traditional organic produce, the term “seedless” often triggers a spontaneous knee jerk reaction. How can a traditionally grown organic fruit or vegetable end up without seeds? The only seemingly logical explanation conjures images of genetic modification ripped from the pages of a science fiction novel. Imagine seeds wired to machines that pump them full of strange DNA, their internal structures warping as GMOs course through their unsuspecting hulls.

Thankfully, growing seedless fruits doesn’t necessarily involve Genetically Modified Organisms, but rather, careful plant selection and breeding to achieve the desired results:

Seedless Grapes: Seedless Grapes aren’t the product of some mad scientist who grew tired of spitting out grape pits. Seedless grapes are actually the result of a natural genetic mutation that left an otherwise normal grape without a seed. The flower itself still undergoes pollination and fertilization, but the seed simply stops growing a few weeks after it develops.

Seedless Watermelon: The production of seedless watermelon involves the cross breeding of watermelons with differing numbers of chromosomes. In order to grow a virtually seedless watermelon, a tetraploid watermelon (4 sets of chromosomes) pollinates a diploid watermelon (2 sets of chromosomes).

After reproduction, the resulting watermelons will contain 3 sets of chromosomes, making them sterile. The sterile watermelons, known as triploids, produce very few, tiny seeds that are then used in the cultivation of successive seedless watermelons (the triploid seeds must be pollinated by a diploid watermelon in order to germinate).

In the strictest sense, the type of breeding used to create and stimulate the growth of otherwise sterile watermelons could be defined as “genetic modification.” However, the production of seedless watermelons does not involve the introduction of genetic material from entirely different animals or plants to achieve results. Seedless watermelons aren’t injected with DNA obtained from fish, tomatoes or other decidedly “un-watermelon” sources that would make them unnatural.

So the next time you stop by our stores and find yourself scrutinizing a seedless grape or watermelon, remember, a lack of seeds doesn’t mean an abundance of GMOs or other scary modifications. Rest assured that we’ve done our research and remain committed to providing the finest organic produce around!

 

Note: All information courtesy of Albert’s Organics.

Cooking with Oil!

Cooking with gas is one thing. Cooking with oil is another. With so many different oils lining the shelves of supermarkets across the country, experimenting with cooking oils couldn’t be easier. However, for most of us, the proliferation of oils has actually complicated our culinary endeavors. With concerns about cooking temperatures and fat content, it’s often easier to reach for the familiar olive and canola instead of exploring the rich possibilities of walnut, sesame, coconut, or even avocado oil. At Native Sun, we encourage you to add some flavor to your favorite meals, just be sure and choose the right oil for the job in order to prevent damaging the integrity of the oil.

What do you mean damage the oil?

Well, when oil turns to smoke, “it releases carcinogens into the air and free radicals within the oil” that destroy the nutritional value of the oil itself (Spectrum 2011). The term “smoke point” (easy to remember) refers to the temperature at which specific oils literally go up in smoke. For a detailed list of oils and their respective smoke points, click here and follow the link to the Spectrum Organic Kitchen Guide!

And what’s all this talk about refined and unrefined?

Refined oils typically exhibit a more neutral flavor and can be used at a higher temperature. In contrast, unrefined oils have a richer color and more robust flavor while retaining more of their natural nutritional properties (Spectrum 2011).

For more information and frequently asked questions about cooking oils, visit Spectrum Organics website!

At Native Sun we stock a plethora of cooking oils in addition to canola and olive.

Almond Oil, Refined: Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats with a pure, clean flavor.

Apricot Kernel Oil, Refined: Apricot kernels contain a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat. This oil is best suited for high heat applications like sautéing, frying and all-purpose cooking.

Avocado Oil, Refined: A great oil for high heat cooking, loaded with monounsaturated fats, that works perfectly for sautéing, frying and all-purpose cooking.

Click here for a recipe!

Grape seed Oil, Refined: A light oil with a neutral taste that works well for high heat cooking.

Peanut Oil, Unrefined: Adds a rich peanut flavor to any sauté or stir-fry.

Safflower Oil, Unrefined: Light, neutral-flavored oil that demonstrates great versatility in the kitchen. Also available in a refined, high heat version that uses organic safflower.

Sesame Oil, Refined & Unrefined: Great for stir-frying. Also available in a “toasted” variety that adds incredible depth to an already flavorful oil.

High Heat Sunflower Oil, Refined, Organic: As noted by Spectrum Organic, high heat sunflower oil is “higher in monounsaturated fat and lower in both saturated and polyunsaturated fats than regular sunflower oil, meaning it’s good for your heart and pure heaven for high heat cooking,” making it both a versatile and health friendly cooking oil.

Walnut Oil, Refined: Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, walnut oil works well when used at medium high heat or simply drizzled over salads or fine cheeses!

(Note: All oil descriptions courtesy of Spectrum Organics)

We hope that you decide to give some of these healthy oils a try in some of your favorite recipes! If you already use one of the above oils, submit your recipes to the comments section! We look forward to hearing from you!

References:

Organics, Spectrum. “Cooking Oils.” Spectrum Healthy Organic, Artisan, and

Omega-3 Supplement Oils. 2011. Web. 20 May 2011.

http://www.spectrumorganics.com/.

$100 Question: What’s your favorite way to enjoy yogurt?

With Cascade Fresh Yogurt 3 for $1.00, you don’t have to multi-task to find great deals! In the meantime, tell us your favorite way to enjoy yogurt! Whether topped with granola, in a smoothie, or straight from the container, it’s hard to go wrong!

Tell us your favorite way to enjoy yogurt & you’ll be entered to win a $100 Native Sun Gift Card! To be eligible to win, you must first subscribe to the Native Sun blog by clicking here, then leave your answer to this month’s question in the comment section on our blog page. ONE winner will be picked at random on June 30th. Good luck!

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