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Kick-start your morning with this power-packed smoothie courtesy of Whole Foods Market! “Mom” prefers using Soymilk or Almond Milk in place of the skim milk called for in the recipe.

Whey Protein Breakfast Blast

Ingredients

3/4 cup frozen 365 Everyday Value® Blueberries
1/2 banana
3 tablespoons 365 Everyday Value® Vanilla Flavor Whey Protein Powder
1/2 cup skim milk (or non-dairy substitute)
2 teaspoons honey (optional)
3 ice cubes
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Preparation

In a blender, thoroughly combine berries, banana, protein powder, milk and honey by pulsing a few times. Add ice cubes and blend until very smooth. Pour into a 16-ounce glass and sprinkle with ground flaxseed.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Whole Foods Market.*

It’s time to get down and dirty this Spring as you feather, spruce and clean your nest with the best planet-friendly cleaners available! Take a peek at the latest in planet-friendly cleaners, laundry & dishwasher detergents, soaps, and more to help you fight grime – naturally, of course!

Whole Foods Market All Purpose Citrus-Scented Spray Cleaner

Wipe away the dirt and grime on any surface with this eco-conscious cleaner new to Whole Foods Market! Lightly scented with revitalizing citrus essential oils, this will lift your spirits as you clean! Phthalate-free, phosphate-free, and chlorine-free, even the packaging is fully recyclable. Locate a Whole Foods Market near you by going to www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

Whole Foods Market All Purpose Concentrated Cleaner

Another newbie to the Whole Foods Market line-up of eco-fabulous cleaning products is this concentrated cleaner that makes mopping floors a (pine-scented) breeze! Dust bunnies will run for cover when you bring out the mop and bucket of warm water graced with this cleaner that is phosphate-free, chlorine-free, and phthalate-free, and has just a hint of all-natural pine essential oil! Learn more at www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

JAWS (Just Add Water System)

Reduce, reuse and recycle is the mantra behind the JAWS cleaning system! One bottle can be used multiple times – simply insert a new cleaning cartridge into the fully recyclable bottle, and add water. Each JAWS bottle arrives with two extra cartridges for use, and after the initial purchase, the cartridges are sold separately at a fraction of the price. (Read: 2 full bottles for less than $2 each!) Four JAWS cleaners are now available, including JAWS Glass & Hard Surface Cleaner, JAWS Multi-Purpose Cleaner/Degreaser, JAWS Bathroom Cleaner/Deodorizer and JAWS Disinfectant Cleaner Degreaser. For more information about this effective, eco-friendly new cleaning system that encourages you to reduce waste, visit www.jawsclean.com.

Earth Friendly Product’s ECOS Magnolia and Lily Detergent

Freshen up the laundry room with the scent of Magnolia & Lily! For planet-friendly cleaning of all of your bedding, clothing, blankets, throw rugs, and more, Earth Friendly Product’s ECOS Magnolia and Lily Detergent is non-toxic and suitable for all types of fabrics! It is 100% biodegradable, chlorine-free, enzyme-free, and petroleum-free. Plus, it is also available in a fragrance-free version, for extreme sensitivities. Check out www.ecos.com.

Produce Magic by Vermont Soap

It’s magic! This one little spray can do it all – naturally washing away the residue from pesticides, fertilizer, dirt, road grit, mold, fungi, the wax coating on fruits, and more! Produce Magic is an eco-friendly alternative for avoiding contaminated produce and food-borne illnesses that strike 48 million Americans each year. Plus, this planet-friendly, organic fruit and vegetable wash is biodegradable and free of artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, animal products or gluten. A spray or two goes a long way in keeping the fruits and veggies in your home fresh and contaminant-free! Produce Magic can be purchased throughout the country (and beyond) at health food, gourmet and specialty stores and online at www.vermontsoap.com.

*Companies generously provided images, information, and samples for this article.*

New from Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value! Stock up on their 12 new frozen delights no matter what the season so you will have fresh, organic produce that is always on hand. For those seeking affordable, organic produce that is rich in nutrients but won’t break the bank, Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value offers a full line of tasty options. New to the line-up of frozen fruits and vegetable blends are the Organic Southwestern Blend, Organic Mediterranean Blend (“Mom’s” favorite!), and Leafy Greens Blend. These three new blends offer convenience and health in easy-to-open packages that can be kept at the ready in your freezer, whether you need a nutritious side dish or some extra veggies for a homemade soup. In addition, the new Frozen Berry Blend is perfect for blending up smoothies for breakfast or for topping your favorite organic ice cream or yogurt!

Whatever you are cooking up in the kitchen, the 365 Everyday Value blends and other frozen goodies are both convenient and affordable, which most parents will appreciate!

Here are a few recipe ideas that “Mom” adores using items from the 365 Everyday Value line that are delightfully simple and family-friendly!

Greens with Carrots, Feta Cheese and Brown Rice

Organic Strawberries and Cream Cookies

Whey Protein Breakfast Blast

For more information on the Whole Foods Market 365 Everyday Value line, or to find more healthy recipe ideas to make for breakfast, lunch, & dinner, visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

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