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Inspired by a family friend’s recipe that originally called for bacon and regular mayonnaise, this broccoli salad has been made over by “Mom” and takes just minutes to make! Makes an excellent side dish to just about anything!

Tiny Green Mom’s Simple Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

2 heads of broccoli, stems included, cut into small pieces

4 tbsp. yellow onion, freshly chopped

¼ cup organic raisins

¼ cup organic dried cranberries

½ cup organic sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 tbsp. sunflower seeds (optional)

Mix above ingredients in one bowl. Set aside.

To make dressing:

1 cup Vegenaise®

¼ – ½ cup organic sugar

3 ½ tbsp. white wine vinegar

Mix together in separate bowl, and then add into the broccoli salad mixture. Serve immediately.

Lavanila Laboratories proudly announces the birth of its newest addition, The Healthy Baby Collection. Created according to the most exacting clinical and natural standards, Lavanila’s 100% Natural Baby products are not only chemical-free, but the first to deliver 30 essential vitamins and minerals specifically formulated to support the health and development of delicate baby skin, the gateway to infection. These vitamin rich formulas blend the highest quality all-natural and organic ingredients with immune supporting botanicals for a luxuriously healthy collection that clinically benefits the unique needs of baby skin. Pediatrician tested and approved, the 100% Baby Safe formulas are completely free of harsh chemicals and clinically proven to be gentle enough for daily use by newborns, kids and sensitive adults. Launching exclusively in Sephora stores nationwide, this luxurious collection will be the only in-store baby offering and a breakthrough category for the prestige beauty leader.

The natural, clinically tested ingredients in the Healthy Baby Collection are carefully selected to nurture, soothe and hydrate delicate skin. The ingredients include:

NONI JUICE (Nourishes, Soothes and Heals)

This ancient Polynesian botanical is prized for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and rapid healing properties. Packed with a potent concentration of vitamins, Noni Juice works to build healthy skin while calming and soothing irritation.

ORGANIC CALENDULA FLOWER (Heals and Protects)

Used for centuries to aid in the rapid recovery of wounds and irritation, this gentle and nourishing botanical possesses powerful healing and anti-inflammatory properties that protect the skin against infection and promote strong skin.

ORGANIC ALOE (Nourishes and Hydrates)

This highly moisturizing extract from the aloe plant provides cellular nutrition and skin hydration. Because of its naturally antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory attributes, Aloe is easily absorbed and works to soothe irritated skin.

The Healthy Baby Collection features the following 5 products:

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Healthy Baby Butter ($14): Providing ultra-rich hydration to soothe dry skin and calm redness, this 100% natural nourishing butter is formulated with 30 vitamins and minerals selected to strengthen and support the development of healthy skin. Pure shea and cocoa butters soften and comfort instantly, while noni leaf and calendula heal and organic vanilla and chamomile calm. The formula trades harsh chemicals and preservatives for 100% healthy, skin compatible botanicals and oils.

Healthy Baby Block ($20): Combining titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, this chemical-free, healthy sunscreen protects delicate skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays to provide 100% natural SPF 40 protection. Formulated with shea butter, calendula and noni juice, the biodegradable, fragrance-free formula hydrates, moisturizes, and replenishes vitamins and minerals. While standard sunblocks contain harsh chemicals like PABA, parabens, phthalates, nanoparticles and synthetic fragrances, the Healthy Baby Block forms a physical barrier to safely protect babies’ delicate skin. Consult your physician for use over six months.

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A wonderful combination of garlicky shrimp mixed with fresh corn and fiber-rich black beans – this is another one of Aviva Goldfarb’s tantalizing dinner ideas from SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue. Visit www.thescramble.com for more healthy recipes and meal-planning suggestions!

Garlic and Lime Shrimp with Corn and Black Bean Salad

Ingredients

This combination makes for a colorful and delicious summer feast. It can also be transported to a picnic and served at room temperature. Serve it with brown or white rice.

1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined, and thawed, if frozen

1-1 1/2 limes, juice only, 2 1/3 Tbsp.

1 Tbsp. minced garlic, (4 – 6 cloves)

1/4- 1/2 tsp. kosher or sea salt, to taste

15 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/4 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed (or use kernels off of 2 – 3 ears of corn)

1 red bell pepper, finely diced

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 tsp. salt (optional)

3/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)

1 cup low fat sour cream, for serving (optional)

Preparation

In a large bowl, combine the shrimp, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, garlic and kosher salt. Refrigerate it for 15 minutes while you prepare the black bean and corn salad. (Meanwhile, prepare the rice, if you are serving it.)

For the salad, in a medium bowl, combine the beans, corn, bell pepper, 1 tsp. lime juice, 1 tsp. oil, the salt (optional), and 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro (optional). (If you are using fresh corn, boil or microwave it for about 3 minutes before adding it to the salad.) Refrigerate it until ready to serve.

Heat 2 tsp. oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. With a slotted spoon, remove the shrimp from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Sauté the shrimp for 2 – 3 minutes until it begins to turn pink, flipping it once or twice as it cooks. Add the reserved marinade and continue cooking for about two more minutes, until the shrimp is cooked through. Toss it with 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (optional). Serve the shrimp and salad with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.

Scramble Flavor Booster: Stir a little fresh lime juice and cilantro into the sour cream before serving, and dice 1 chili pepper, such as a jalapeño or Serrano chili, into the salad.

Tip: While the shrimp imported from Asia and Latin America are often not an ideal choice because of the lax environmental and fishing regulations in those areas, there are now more sources to buy U.S. farmed or Canadian wild shrimp which are much better options for the environment. Look for U.S. or Canadian shrimp from brands like Henry & Lisa’s Natural Shrimp available at Walmart, Giant Foods, Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Publix, or get a list of stores in your area through www.ecofish.com.

*Recipe from SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue.*

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Comfort food with flair – grilled cheese sandwiches get a makeover and an “upgrade” with Brie cheese! This deliciously simple recipe is from Aviva Goldfarb’s SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue. Paired with a Tropical Fruit Salad, it is a perfect meal for the entire family.

Grilled Cheese Melts with Brie and Baby Spinach

Ingredients

2-3 Tbsp. butter or margarine

1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)

6-9 oz. baby spinach

2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard or apricot jam

8 slices medium-thick slices firm whole grain or sourdough bread

8 oz. Brie cheese, cut into thin slices

Preparation

Make the fruit salad first, if you are serving it (recipe below).

In a large skillet, melt 1 Tbsp. of the butter or margarine over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook it for 30 seconds. Add the spinach and stir it until it begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Transfer it to a bowl and set it aside.

With a paper towel, wipe the skillet clean. To build the sandwiches, spread the mustard or jam on 4 slices of the bread. Divide the cheese slices among the 4 slices, and top them with the spinach. Cover them with the remaining bread slices. Lightly spread the outsides of each sandwich with the remaining butter or margarine.

In the skillet, cook the sandwiches over medium heat until they are lightly browned, 3 – 5 minutes per side, turning them once, and pressing them with a spatula or with a heavy pot for flatter sandwiches. Slice the sandwiches in half and serve them.

Scramble Flavor Booster: Use both Dijon mustard and apricot jam on the sandwiches.

Tip: The white rind on Brie cheese is edible and is usually eaten along with the softer interior. If you do not want to eat the rind, it is easy to trim from refrigerated Brie or bring the cheese to room temperature, cut, and scoop out the soft center with a spoon.

Tropical Fruit Salad

Serve it with a tropical fruit salad made with 2 – 3 diced kiwis or 2 cups sliced grapes, 1 – 2 diced mangos, and 1 – 2 sliced bananas (or fruit of your choice). For an optional dressing, dissolve 1 – 2 tsp. superfine sugar in the juice of one lime, and toss the mixture gently with the fruit.

*Cover image provided by SOS! The Six O’ Clock Scramble to the Rescue. For more recipes, or to order a copy, please visit www.thescramble.com.

When you are on-the-go during the hottest part of the summer, finding a way to cool down and feel refreshed isn’t always easy! That is where COOL OFF™ comes to the rescue! This portable, pocket-sized cooling towelette helps you to recharge and beat the heat, naturally! Infused with a lovely, clean-scented combination of cooling herbs, plant botanicals, and essential oils, these innovative towelettes will help you cool down in a flash!

It’s easy to use COOL OFF™! Simply remove the towelette and shake lightly. Press it onto the back of the neck, inner arms and back of knees. Then blot the forehead and other desired areas, such as wrists and forearms – you will feel refreshed in no time!

These super-soft towelettes are perfect for use while hiking, jogging, working out (indoors or outside), playing sports – anywhere you tend to work up a sweat! COOL OFF™ also helps those experiencing the hot flashes associated with menopause – these discreet towelettes can be used to help you renew and recharge instantly. They are available in a box of 24 packets.

To learn more, or to order, please visit CVS.com. COOL OFF™ can also be purchased online on Amazon.com or at Duane Reade stores in New York.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

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It may be hot outside, but there is nothing like a cup of hot cocoa to warm the soul! A comfort food at its best – this recipe uses SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener instead of sugar! This recipe can be found in Stevia: Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks and More! For more recipes usingSweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener, please visit the website.

Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

3 tbsp organic cocoa

1/2 tsp powdered stevia extract

4 to 5 cups of organic soymilk or milk

2 tbsp honey or maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preparation

Mix the cocoa and stevia extract together in a medium-sized saucepan. Add about 1/2 cup of the soymilk or milk to the dry ingredients to make a paste. Gradually thin the paste with about ½ cup of the milk. Add the hone or maple syrup while bringing to a low boil. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rest of the milk to the desired richness. Add the vanilla and return to burner until heated through.

Note: Be careful not to scorch the cocoa. Use a pan with a heavy bottom and watch closely.

Variation: You may add a teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.

Check out Stevia: Naturally Sweet Recipes for Desserts, Drinks and More! for more exciting recipes using SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener.

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If your children are as big of a fan of yogurt as “Mom’s” little one, then Lifeway Kefir ProBugs™ will be another healthy and super yummy option – a yogurt-like smoothie that tastes amazing! Perfect on its’ own as a snack, or packed into a lunch box to take to school, this delicious organic kefir for kids is available in flavors kids love, including Sublime Slime Lime, Goo-Berry Pie, Orange Creamy Crawler, and Strawnana Split! ProBugs™ are handy, portable and feature a patented no-spill spout with an easy-to-grip shape for small hands to grasp.

ProBugs™ are certified USDA Organic, and offers kids their recommended daily allowance of probiotics (the “good bugs” or friendly bacteria that help tiny tummies digest and keep their immune system healthy), as well as protein, calcium and inulin. ProBugs™ are packaged in a carton of 4, and can be purchased at Target, Whole Foods, and grocery stores nationwide. For more information, please visit Lifeway.net.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*