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Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

This Strawberry Balsamic Dressing is easy to make, and the perfect thing to flavor your summer plate of greens with!  It goes well with any leafy greens, fruit, nuts corn, and would make a good sauce for some grilled tofu or a protein.  If you are looking for a flavorful new dressing, give this a try!

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is an essential part of being Minnesotan.  I loved it growing up, so now I make a healthier one with a tofu base!  The tofu acts as a blank canvas that can be transformed into something just as delicious as traditional ranch dressing!  My favorite way to serve this is with a crisp romaine salad, but it is really good with any raw veggies for dipping or drizzling over them!

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Festive Charcuterie Board for the Holiday

This holiday season let’s spread holiday cheer by creating a wow-worthy charcuterie board when entertaining! Here are some tips and tricks to create one effortlessly:

1 Variety of Selection

Select special ingredients to elevate your charcuterie board like Merlot Bellavitano Cheese or a variety of season nuts, herbs, and fruits for garnishing.

2 Build Your Board

Start by placing key elements on the board first, like your cheeses and bowls to hold smaller ingredients. Use these as pillars to balance the layout and fill in the with supportive ingredients.

3 Made to Wow Styling

To give your board a wow-factor, add styling elements: delicately fold pieces of sliced meats, fan out crackers and bring in different shapes like baguette slices for added texture.

4 Festive Finishing

To create a sense of movement and depth on the board, use tiny bowls, low mason jars or layering on smaller marble boards to hold ingredients.

Tip:  To make your board feel extra festive, select ingredients that speak to the seasons like sprigs of rosemary or cranberries.

There is an array of products at Fresh & Natural Foods that would make great components for your charcuterie board. Come in and select what you like best. 

Happy Holidays!

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Relaxing Lavender Bath Soak

Bath salts are a good way to sooth sore tired muscles, and by making the mixture yourself, you know that you are getting only good quality ingredients and no artificial fragrances.  The recipe I am sharing with you today is a combination of sea salt, epsom salt and baking soda scented with lavender essential oil and it is just the thing to add to a bath to make it even more relaxing and beneficial to your body.  Because there is nothing like a relaxing warm bath before bed.  The aroma of lavender will relax your mind, and the salt will relax your muscles so that you can get a good nights sleep.

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Coffee Coconut Body Scrub

Winter can be tough on skin, it becomes rough and dry, and cracked.  But there are things you can do to make it feel a little better.  I like to use coconut oil to moisturize after washing, but it is good to get rid of dead skin first too, and that is where the coffee scrub I am sharing with you today comes in.  Not only does it smell amazing, but it gets rid of dead skin, moisturizes thanks to the coconut oil, and helps to fight cellulite because of the coffee.  It is easy to make, and keeps well in a jar for a long time.  This is perfect for in the morning in the shower.  You feel energized after using it and taking in the aroma.

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Red Saurkraut

Creating delicious saurkraut at home is easy and fun!  Not only that, it is good for your gut bacteria which are an important part of keeping you healthy because much of our immune system is in the gut. This red saurkraut is not only beautiful, it is delicious to top salads off with, use on sandwiches, or just as a tangy side dish!

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Tea Tree Hand Soap

Conventional hand soup seems to chew up my hands in the winter, until I started making my own soap using natural products. In this hand soap, I added vegetable glycerine, a natural humectant, to attract moisture to the skin, leaving it feeling hydrated. Tea Tree oil is long associated with treating skin ailments, along with the common cold through aromatherapy. The two are great combo in harsh, cold winters.

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