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

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$100 Question: What’s your Favorite Seasonal Recipe?

Each year, the Holidays usher in an assortment of classical flavors and festive dishes that capture the spirit of the season. With our own seasonal smoothies in store throughout the month of December, it’s the perfect time to ask, what’s your favorite seasonal recipe? Whether it’s a homemade apple pie, the perfect eggnog, entrée, or other holiday recipe, we’d love to hear about it!

Tell us your favorite seasonal recipe & 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 January 4th 2012. Good luck!

Look for our Seasonal Smoothies throughout December! Flavors include Pumpkin Spice, Autumn Apple Flax, Spiced Banana Walnut, and Jolly Green Ginger Pear.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS To Therese! CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR PRIZE DETAILS AND BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR NEXT MONTH’S $100 QUESTION! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SHARED THEIR delicious seasonal RECIPES!

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.

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

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ON SALE NOW! (August 8 – September 6, 2011)

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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.

ON SALE NOW! (July 7 – August 6, 2011)

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ON SALE NOW! (May 7 – June 6, 2011)

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Almonds Take a Hike!

In the ever-changing landscape of agriculture and food production, price fluctuations are a seemingly daily occurrence. Recently, bulk almonds and almond butter products, which often travel across country to reach store shelves, experienced price increases directly related to spiking fuel costs. Seeking to provide you with delicious, money saving alternatives, we invite you to explore any (or all) of the following delicious nut butter options Native Sun currently stocks:

Peanut Butter:

Maranatha No Stir Crunchy Peanut Butter $4.39 (16oz)

Santa Cruz Organic Peanut Butter $4.94 (16oz)

Woodstock Farms (Crunchy or Smooth, Salted or Unsalted) $5.84 (16oz)

Justin’s Organic Honey Peanut Butter $7.29 (16oz) – Author’s Note: While it might be a little more expensive than the other peanut butters on this list, Justin’s is by far my favorite peanut butter! To me, this peanut butter is the perfect blend of sweet and salty with great texture and no unnecessary sugar. The chocolate flavors are equally delicious and make a great dessert!

Allergic to peanuts or just looking for great alternative nut butters?

Check out these excellent products!

Soy Nut Butter:

I.M. Healthy Soynut Butter (Unsweetened, Chunky, Honey, Creamy) $5.19 (15oz)

Sunflower Seed Butter:

Maranatha Sunflower Seed Butter $4.95 (12oz)

Sunflower Naturals Sunflower Seed Butter (Crunchy, Natural) $5.84 (16oz)

Got the Post-Earth Day Blues?

Before we know it, Earth Day will have come and gone. Avoid the post-Earth Day blues and take comfort in remembering that at Native Sun, everyday is Earth Day. We expect our customers to demand the highest quality organic foods at the best possible prices, which is why this month GMO stands for “Give Me Organic!” That being said, we invite you to join us this Saturday (The day after Earth Day), April 23rd 2011 for 10% Off Day! Stop by either location to enjoy 10% OFF all regular priced items*!

Please Note: In order to participate in 10% Off Day, you must be a registered My Card user.

No My Card?

No problem! Just hurry over to customer service; registration is fast, free, and easy, plus, your new My Card can be used the same day as the event!

*Some Restrictions Do Apply: Additional 10% will not be applied to items already discounted on “My Card” and Monthly Sale. As a result of Native Sun’s Everyday Low Pricing, the following items will be excluded from any additional discounts:

All Beer and Wine

Eden Organics: All Canned Bean Products

Food For Life: Ezekiel Bread: Sesame and Plain

Organic Valley: Milk, Eggs, & Orange Juice

Penta: Water 16.9oz

Rudi’s Bread: Country White, Honey Wheat, 100% Whole Wheat, Cracked Wheat, & MultiGrain Oat

Silk: Soy Milk: Plain & Vanilla (32 & 64 oz sizes)

Zephyrhills: Water (Gallon size)