Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Corn-free, and Egg-free.
  • Get Healthy Skin from the Inside Out

    By Dr. Susan Blum

    Spring has sprung – almost – so it’s time to peel off the winter layers and give your skin a little TLC. Of course that means using different topical products but it also means treating your skin from the inside, too. At 22-square feet, it’s your largest organ and an active, living part of your body. Because it is constantly exposed to the environment, your skin can get damaged from the sun, pollution, cold and hot temperatures and wind, among other things. To help it recover and stay healthy, you need to eat lots of healthy fats and antioxidants because these nutrients feed your skin cells through the blood stream. Foods like nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut oil and flaxseed oil can hydrate dry skin while antioxidants protect it from free radical damage and aging.

    Your skin is also very susceptible to inflammation, which can cause acne, redness, blotchiness and premature aging. The number one source of inflammation is your diet. For example, sugar and bad fats like dairy can increase skin’s inflammation while healthy fats like avocados and salmon and fruits and veggies in all colors of the rainbow can reduce it. Another source of inflammation is your gut so it’s important that your digestion is working well and your good bacteria are healthy, too.

    Organic Pharmer’s beauty cleanse is rich in all the nutrients you need for a gorgeous complexion and healthy skin from head to toe. It contains more antioxidants than any of our cleanses along with healthy fats, a variety of colorful fruits and veggies and protein. The beauty cleanse includes:

    • Alpha Green, which contains kale, romaine, parsley, dandelion, fennel, burdock, celery, cucumber, lemon, mint and nettles infusion.
    • Defense + has blueberry, tart cherry and orange.
    • Immunition contains carrot, tart cherry, blueberry, ginger, cinnamon clove and infusion of elderberry and elderflower.
    • Omega Red has strawberries, red apple, fennel, red beet, pomegranate, flaxseed oil, stevia leaf extract, infusion of aronia berry, rose hips, orange peel and pink peppercorn.
    • Marathon contains almond milk, hemp, kale, avocado, banana, Epic Protein Green Kingdom, green apple, lime, ginger, wildflower honey, infusion of schizandra berry, goji berry, orange and ginger.
    • Almond Chill which contains almond milk, date vanilla bean, Himalayan pink salt, stevia leaf extract, infusion of lavender, lemon balm and chamomile.
    • Immunity shot contains lemon, ginger, raw honey, echinacea extract and infusions of elderberry and elderflower.
    • Energy shot is packed with wild-harvested blue-green algae and cold-pressed red apple juice.
  • And Best Dressed Goes To...

    Last night’s Oscars broadcast may have brought out the best dressed in Hollywood, but when it comes to ‘best dressed” we think our organic house-made salad dressings should have a red carpet of their own.

    WHAT NOT TO WEAR

    Bottled salad dressings are one of the worst offenders when it comes to hidden processed ingredients. They are filled with added sugars, synthetic thickeners and extra saturated fat and calories. Have you ever looked at the back of the label and seen words like titanium dioxide, monosodium glutamate, sodium benzonate, or modified food starch? These are just a few of the chemical offenders that are potentially harmful to your health, and when poured over your favorite salads and vegetables, they can potentially make your once wholesome meal the nutritional equivalent of a burger and fries!

    THE IT LIST

    What makes Organic Pharmer the gold statue of salad dressings?  We are incredibly proud that every element of our dressings - down to the spices - is certified organic.  This ensures that the no pesticides, toxins and other harmful chemicals are coating your crisp, sweet, veggies.

    What makes a healthy and delicious salad dressing?  Chef Lee Gross shares his 4 must-have ingredients:

    organicdressing_applecidervinaigrette Apple Cider Vinaigrette

    Highest quality healthy fats and oils, such as the ones we use in our OP dressings:

    - organic, unrefined, extra-virgin olive oil

    - raw, organic coconut oil

    - organic flaxseed oil

    - organic, expeller-pressed sunflower oil

    - organic toasted sesame oil

    Bright, flavorful vinegars and citrus juices, such as:

    - organic, unrefined brown rice vinegar

    - raw, organic apple cider vinegar

    - organic, kosher wine vinegar

    - organic, cold-pressed lemon and lime juices

    Aromatic herbs and aliums, such as:

    - organic thyme, tarragon, chives, garlic, shallot, ginger, etc.

    Good quality, mineral-rich salts, such as

    -unrefined sea salt, and pink Himalayan salt

     Click here to view our salad dressing selections, available in 8oz bottles with whole ingredients you can read and trust!

  • Go (Omega) Red for Heart Health

    By Susan Blum, MD, MPH

    When it comes to nutrients that are important for heart health, antioxidants top the list.  In general, they provide all your tissues and cells with the ultimate protection from something called free radicals.

    I think of free radicals as sparks that are released inside your body as part of your everyday biochemistry, and antioxidants from food are needed to prevent these sparks from causing damage inside the cells.

    Mitochondria, the little furnace that provides energy inside each cell, is especially sensitive to the free radical damage and heart muscle cells (along with brain cells) have the most mitochondria.  This makes their health especially important for your heart.  Without strong heart muscle action, it can’t work properly to pump blood around your body and up to your brain.

    The best way to get these heart healthy nutrients is by eating a colorful rainbow of fruits and vegetables since each color represents a different type of antioxidant and we need a variety. If you don’t have high cholesterol or any heart issues, you can get your fill of antioxidants from your diet alone.

    However, if you are on a statin or have any heart issues, talk to your doctor about CoQ10 and resveratrol supplements, the most important antioxidant supplements for the heart.

    When it comes to food, it’s best not to look for one particular nutrient, but to eat or drink a wide range of different antioxidants because they complement each other. One powerful way to get antioxidants is by drinking cold pressed juices that concentrate many different phytonutrients into a potent drink.  

  • Organic Pharmer's Lee Gross Shares Inspiration for Heat & Eat Meals

    I remember, it was almost three years ago now, during one of the very first menu meetings between myself and Dr. Susan Blum, when we discussed the possibility of offering a line of Heat & Eat meals.  Since then, the awesome Organic Pharmer culinary team has crafted a varied menu of Grab & Go and Made-to-Order foods that fulfills Dr. Blum’s mission of offering “Food as Medicine To-Go”.

    Sweet Potato Samosas Sweet Potato Samosas

    Warm Up With Heat & Eat Meals

    As I write this blog post, I can see the frozen evidence of last night’s surprise storm right outside my window – and the countless boot prints left behind by my little girls after a morning spent reveling in the icy tundra that once was our backyard.  Yes, winter has us firmly in its grasp, and what better way to warm things up than by putting a hot meal on the family table?  Especially when you can do it with relative ease, and with the confidence of knowing that you’re offering your brood a real-food, clean-food experience?   Well, now with the introduction of our new, fresh-frozen, Heat & Eat meals,  sides and savory snacks  - you can enjoy Organic Pharmer all day long – for breakfast, lunch, snack time and YES, now, dinner!

    winterlasagna Heat & Eat Meals Winter Lasagna

    Organic Food and Family

    At Organic Pharmer, we are obsessed about making our food as crave-worthy, and nutritionally complete as it is accessible and practical. At our house, Darleen and I totally get it – we’re parents, too, and just as busy as you are (my two girls seem to never be not hungry and keeping them well fed is almost a full time job!).   So, we’re always thinking of new ways to make enjoying delicious, nutrient-dense, allergy-friendly food as easy and convenient as possible – for you and your family.

    From our functional Food + Juice Cleanse packages, to our county-wide delivery service (not to mention nationwide shipping), with our new Heat & Eat meals- it’s becoming easier than ever to enjoy Organic Pharmer all day long.

    So, give your family a big warm, healthy hug this winter with our new line of Organic Pharmer Heat & Eat foods.  It’s Good Food you can really Feel Good About - and it makes us feel great to be able to offer it to you every day.

    Chef Lee Gross

  • Sorghum Bread & Wild Rice Stuffing Made With Gluten-Free Croutons

    Recipe from our chef Lee Gross

    6 - 8 servings
    Ingredients;

    1/3 cup organic, fruit-juice sweetened dried cranberries
    ¼ cup Defense+ Cold Pressed Juice-Infusion* (or spiced apple cider)
    3 cups Dr. Blum’s Detox Broth*
    ½ cup organic quick-cooking wild rice
    1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
    ½ cup organic leek (white part only), chopped
    ½ cup organic celery, chopped
    1 Tbl organic parsley, chopped
    3 cups Gluten-Free Croutons*
    ½ cup organic cooked chestnuts, broken into pieces
    ½ cup organic golden delicious apple, chopped
    ½ tsp sea salt
    ¼ tsp black pepper

    Combine dried cranberries and juice in a small cup and set aside.

    Pour 1 1/2 cups broth into a small saucepan and bring to boil. Add wild rice, stir, and turn heat to low.  Cover pan and cook for 30 – 35 minutes, or until broth is almost completely absorbed by rice.  Turn off heat and let rice sit, covered while preparing the rest of the dish.

    Heat olive oil in small sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add leek and celery and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 8 – 10 minutes.  Stir in chopped parsley and remove pan from heat.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine croutons, chestnuts, apple, soaked cranberries (including the juice), cooked wild rice and the entire contents of the sauté pan, including cooking oil.

    Stir mixture well until evenly combined. Add salt, pepper, and broth to the bowl and mix again.  Let mixture sit for 10 minutes.

    Transfer stuffing to a 9” x 9” baking dish. The mixture will be soupy.

    Place a piece of baking paper (parchment) over the casserole and cover tightly with aluminum foil.

    Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 60 minutes. Remove foil and baking paper and bake for an additional 10 – 15 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on top.

    Serve warm or at room temperature.

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