Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free, Corn-free, and Egg-free.
  • Infused Cold-Pressed Juices - What and Why.

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    By Culinary Directors and Chefs Lee and Darleen Gross

    Every Organic Pharmer infused cold-pressed juice is a combination of cold-pressed produce and house-made botanical infusions.

    When it comes to juicing, cold-pressed is best.  At Organic Pharmer, all of our juices are cold-pressed.  Why? Most juicers expose vegetables to a high-velocity roto-chamber of razor-sharp cutting blades. While cold-pressing is a gentle, two-step process:  slow-grind the veggies to a pulp, and then apply pressure to extract the most vital, nutritious and supremely delicious raw juice possible.  Cold-pressing doesn’t create the damaging heat or friction of other methods.  Instead, the living cells of the produce are left intact, ensuring that vital nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes remain.  It’s a difference you can taste in every sip.

    What makes our cold-pressed juices unique? We have enhanced our cold-pressed juices functionality (and flavor!) with unique and proprietary botanical infusions of meticulously sourced certified organic and wild-crafted herbs, spices, roots and flowers.  Each ingredient is selected for its scientifically recognized medicinal properties and culinary value. It’s our ingredient specific formulas of cold-pressed organic juice combined with potent botanical infusions that make our juices not just uniquely delicious, but powerful delivery systems of plant-based medicine!

    Read on for more about the botanicals that we infuse into each of our six juices, and the unique properties that make them functional food or what we like to call “Food with Function”.

    staminator Staminator

    In each beet-red bottle of Staminator you’ll find an adaptogenic powerhouse: the exotic shizandra berry.  Shizandra helps your body stay strong when you are stressed, supports a healthy metabolism and a robust adrenal function.  As an adaptogen, shizandra also helps to amplify the benefits of other nutrients, such as antioxidants, which Staminator has in abundance thanks to organic Himalayan goji berries.  Umeboshi plum, a traditional Japanese medicinal food is also included to help regulate blood sugar levels, naturally.

    flow Flow

    Flow’s unmistakable, bright orange glow, and sweet, delicious taste comes from antioxidant-rich carrots.  Its powerful anti-inflammatory function comes from a delicate infusion of golden calendula flowers, combined with fresh, cold-pressed ginger and turmeric juices and a few grinds of organic black peppercorns – because piperine, a compound found in black pepper enhances the bioavailability of curcumin, the active, inflammation-fighting compound found in fresh turmeric root.

    immunition Immunition

    The berry beautiful Immunition is jam (!) packed with antioxidants from the deep purple blueberries, tart Montmorency cherries and cold-pressed, organic carrots.  Pinches of cinnamon, clove and ginger enhance its immune boosting power while rounding out the spicy sweet taste.  Immunition’s true power comes from an anti-viral infusion of elderberries and elderflowers, which provide immune support to help your body fight off a cold or help prevent one from taking root!

    alphagreen_ Alpha Green

    Alpha Green  gets its namesake color and potent detoxifying power from dark, leafy greens (lots of them!) including kale, parsley and dandelion greens, with some added support from cold-pressed fennel and lemon juices.  An infusion of nettles leaf paired with mineral-rich burdock root is included to help to clean out your lymphatic system, boost your metabolism, balance hormones and suppress the appetite, while helping to smooth out the more grassy flavor notes coming from all those groovy greens.

    greenlight Green Llight

    Green Light is our less intense green detox juice, blending a sweet-tart mixture of cold-pressed granny smith apple, golden beet, ginger and lime in with our leafy greens base.  Our nettle leaf infusion is added to enhance Green Light's ability to support healthy liver function.

    omegared Omega Red

    Omega Red is all about the strawberries, and is one of the yummiest ways we know to get our daily dose of free radical-fighting antioxidants.  An aromatic infusion of aronia berries, rose hips, citrus peel, pomegranate and pink peppercorns provides additional protection from viruses and unwanted bacteria all while helping to boost the immune system.  Flaxseed oil is added for a healthy dose of omega 3 fatty acids to help support liver function and increase absorption of vital nutrients.

    happygut Happy Gut

    As the name suggests, the function of our Happy Gut is digestive support.  We use many tools in our botanical arsenal for this special formula, including an infusion of slippery elm bark and star anise to sooth and strengthen the intestinal wall.  Cold-pressed organic pineapple juice provides a natural digestive enzyme while a house-made raw coconut water kefir provides powerful probiotic cultures.  Finally, the tiny but mighty chia seed, along with fresh mint and cooling cucumber help to keep things, moving, while supporting healthy weight loss.

    You really can taste the difference between Organic Pharmer’s cold-pressed juices, and all the rest. So drink up and share your favorites with us on Instagram.

  • Fall Menu: It's all about flavor and food with function.

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    By Lee Gross, Culinary Director and Chef at Organic Pharmer

    After a cool and rainy August, the run-up to the first day of fall has been welcomingly warm and sunny. While eighty degrees and clear skies may still be beach weather, fall is definitely upon us. The days are getting shorter, the kids are back in school, and pumpkin spice is everywhere.

    And at Organic Pharmer, we love the iconic blend of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and clove not only for its distinctive, seasonal flavor, but also for the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties these powerful spices bring to our Food with Function.

    In our Scarsdale commissary kitchen, Chef Tom and his team have been busy, bustting out the fall flavors for the launch of our new fall menu. This week marks the return of seasonal fan favorites, and the debut of exciting new favorites-to-be.

    harvestsalad_kingsalmon_instafb Pharmer Harvest Salad with King Salmon

    Making a comeback is our bistro-style French Lentil & Roasted Beet Salad with shaved fennel, toasted walnuts and our house-made almond “chevre”. Our Pharmer Harvest Salad is also back, and the hearty mix of pumpkin-spiced butternut, roasted chickpeas and tart dried cherries has been upgraded to royalty status, with the addition of our succulent and sustainable Ora King salmon.

    Stop in for the sweetly-spiced Pumpkin Streusel Muffins that we’ll be pulling from our ovens this fall, and while you’re there, pick up a Falafel Wrap – now in our Grab & Go case so you can enjoy this delicious, protein-packed lunch on the go!

    Fall also heralds the triumphant return of our Mushroom Piadini! This irresistible pressed sandwich of earthy mushrooms and smoky cashew cheese, folded into our handmade lavash is undeniably delicious, and still grilled hot and crisp to order.

    tarragonchickensaladwrap_instafb Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap

    And brand new for this season: A gorgeous herb, garlic and lemon-kissed assortment of Roasted Fall Vegetables, a rich and savory Mushroom & Walnut Pate and a totally tomato-free, anti-inflammatory Turkey, Bean & Quinoa Chili.  Also featuring our certified organic and kosher poultry from Wise Organic Pastures is our new Tarragon Chicken Salad Wrap made with moist, lemon-poached chicken breast and accompanied by a tangy celery root slaw and lacto-fermented pickled vegetables.

    For a sweet (but not too sweet!) treat, that packs real nutrition into a small bite, you gotta try our new Caramel Nutty Bar. Chock full of roasted pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and cashews, enrobed in a rich caramel, on a tender-crisp shortbread crust. It’s just the kind of thing to help you ease into the season.

    goldenmilk_insta_fb Coconut Golden Milk

    And, finally as the leaves go from green to golden you can curl up with our new Coconut Golden Milk. Forget about your pumpkin-spiced latte – this turmeric, cinnamon and ginger-spiked coconut brew tastes great warm or chilled – and uses those fall pumpkin spices to full, functional effect!

  • How do you make gluten-free baked goods taste so good?

     

    Chef Darleen Gross

    By Darleen Gross, Culinary Director and Chef at Organic Pharmer

    That is a question I get asked a lot - And the answer is not as complicated as you may think!

    I spend a lot of time just thinking about how to “wow” our dedicated gluten and allergen-conscious crowd. All the good stuff we bring to the table - the sweet treats, breads and other baked goods, as well as the rest of the Organic Pharmer menu – they all start as a simple idea for something we think people will love!

    When it comes to turning an idea for a new baked good into a brand new Organic Pharmer menu item, the process starts on paper. With a clear picture of the end result in mind, I’ll first compile a preliminary list of ingredients, and create a foundational recipe that I think will bring me close to what I’m looking for. I’ll do some research if necessary, but rely primarily on my training and experience to get me this far. From there, it’s off to the kitchen to begin the testing phase!

    And truth be told, testing can be arduous, yielding varying results from instantly perfect (or pretty darn close!), to not quite what I expected, to complete and utter failure. While it’s definitely the most challenging part of the process, it is also the most fun - and I always learn something new  about the ingredients, techniques or how everything comes together in the end.

    gluten-free lemon-lavender bars Lemon-Lavender Bars

    When I was developing the most recent addition to our bakery line, the Lemon-Lavender Bars, it was the lemon itself that inspired me. The first thing I consider in the development of any new item is flavor. The most flavorful ingredients come first in all my recipes, and the structure of the recipe is built around them. With these bars, I really wanted the tangy, bright flavor of the lemon curd to shine through, and the floral lavender to add a complimentary accent note in the shortbread crust. Adding a rich, creamy layer in between tied the two flavors together harmoniously, and lent a great contrast in texture as well.

    Since I do not use cane sugar in any of our baked goods, I have to work harder to achieve the right balance of sweetness. For the lemon bars I went with a combination of natural sweeteners including local maple syrup, wildflower honey and pure stevia leaf extract. And because the nutritional function of each item is just as important as flavor in all Organic Pharmer menu items, I rely on nutrient-dense additions such as nuts and seeds to enhance the taste, texture and to boost the nutrition.

    Nuts are particularly versatile, as their flavor and texture can be changed by the application of different cooking techniques such as roasting, soaking, grinding for flour, or blending into a creamy or milky liquid. They also add an abundance of nutrients in the form of good quality fats, minerals, vitamins, protein and fiber.

    Organic Pharmer gluten-free bakery Pharmer Bread and Sprouted Sorghum Bread

    And since our products are gluten-free and dairy-free, I rely on alternative whole grain flours and seeds for structure and binding. Some of my favorites include sorghum, brown rice, millet, quinoa and buckwheat flours, as well as ground flax and chia seeds. I also find coconut oil to be a great replacement for butter, as it imparts a rich buttery flavor and flakey texture.

    There’s a whole world of great plant-based ingredients out there – and I continue to learn more about them with every new creation. So, how do I make gluten-free and dairy-free baked goods taste so good? It’s equal parts inspiration and experience – plus a whole lot of time spent in the kitchen!

    Darleen Gross is married to Chef Lee Gross and together they lead the culinary team at Organic Pharmer. They reside in Westchester, NY with their two beautiful daughters.

  • Our Team Talks About Foods That Boost Your Gut Health

    Organic Pharmer has food and drinks that are beneficial for your digestive system and that balance the healthy bacteria in your intestines. Try adding one or more to your daily diet this week.

    Happy Gut: How could your gut not be happy with ingredients like pineapple to activate digestive enzymes and coconut water kefir (raw coconut water and probiotic cultures) that feed the healthy bacteria located in your digestive tract.

    Digest +:  A delicious way to add vegetarian protein into your diet, with an easy-to-digest sprouted protein powder, coconut milk which has anti-yeast properties, and fresh, soothing herbs like slippery elm bark, basil, and mint.

    Chia Colada: Chia seeds are loaded with soluble fiber and create a gelatin-like substance in the stomach that can work as a prebiotic that supports the gut.  Include chia seeds with our house-made coconut milk (with anti-yeast properties), mango and pineapple, and you have a new favorite gut-friendly smoothie.

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    King Salmon Salad: This salad is packed with fiber and low in carbohydrates, which is helpful in aiding digestion, includes the delicious pre-biotic (helps the good bacteria grow in the gut) Jerusalem artichokes, and king salmon rich in omega 3 fats that reduce inflammation.

    Prana Wrap: The star ingredient in this insanely tasty wrap is mungbeans.  Mungbeans are considered one of the easiest beans to digest and have a high fiber content which support the healthy flora. The Prana Wrap is made with a spouted mungbean flour, (we call it the FodWrap and can be purchased separately) which is ideal for those who are following the SIBO protocol (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth). Fermented vegetables also support gut bacteria, so our chefs included a probiotic turmeric chutney to top Indian-spiced mung bean dal, making this wrap a go-to for your gut.

    Probiotic Shot: This is your daily dose of supportive nutrients that promote good bacteria in your digestive tract.

    Do you have questions about gut health or any of our foods?  Comment below!

  • Why Going Organic Is A Healthy Must

    By Dr. Susan Blum

    One thing I’ve noticed when talking to patients is that, despite the prevalence of the word “organic,” many people don’t actually know what it means or are confused.  Organic produce is grown without conventional pesticides/herbicides, harsh chemicals or bioengineering while organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy come from animals that have been allowed to graze on pastures, are fed 100% organic feed and are not given growth hormones or antibiotics. As a result, going organic helps you avoid toxins, hormones and antibiotics which can negatively impact and disrupt the body in several ways.

    For example, glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup, is an herbicide that has been found to damage the lining of the gut and its balance of good bacteria. In turn, it can cause leaky gut, a condition associated with autoimmunity and allergies. The only way to avoid it is to eat organic food, especially soy and corn, which are mostly genetically modified in the U.S. and have the highest levels of glyphosate. The animals that consume these foods have high levels of pesticides and herbicides in their meat and milk, which is then transferred to us when we eat them.

    In addition to causing gut damage, pesticides and herbicides can accumulate in our body where they affect multiple organs and cause symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, and immune issues. They can also build up in fat cells increasing the risk of obesity and accumulate in the brain, which is mostly made of fat. Another issue? The more toxins that you have in your body, the harder it is for your main detoxifying organ, the liver, to remove them. Eventually, it fatigues, allowing ever increasing amounts of all types of toxins to build up and make you sick. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to reduce your intake of toxins. Even if you can’t eat organic 100% of the time, the following will help:

    chickensaladPrioritize your produce. Some fruits and veggies contain more toxins than others and you can figure this out by going to the Environmental Working Group website (www.ewg.org)where they list the “dirty dozen.” These are the most toxin-filled foods and those that you should definitely buy organic and the clean 15, which you don’t.

    Fill your pantry with organic items when possible. Although produce is more of a priority, packaged organic foods are a good idea if you can afford them. Typically, they are free of GMO’s and organic processed foods don’t use harmful high fructose corn syrup, food dyes or preservatives.

    Shop the local farmer’s market. These farmers are often organic without paying for the certification.  Ask questions, and often you can buy produce that is wonderful at good prices.

    Enjoy delicious menu items from Organic Pharmer, where we use only organic produce in order to create the cleanest, nutrient-rich foods to help your body function at its best.

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