Heart Healthy Foods + Market Updates

Fresh Heart Healthy Foods in Time for Valentine’s Day

Send your loved ones a heart healthy fresh farmers’ market basket this Valentine’s Day. Here are a few top heart healthy foods you can find at the market to put together your very own fresh basket of love!

Go Nuts for Almonds!

imageAlmonds are known to be the healthy nuts on the block. They pack a serious nutritional punch to help with inflammation in the body and they actively promote good heart health. Almonds are also a good source of Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant shown to help maintain a healthy immune system and healthy hair and skin. And remember, almonds are packed with healthy fats to keep you feeling full longer. Now that’s a nutritious and delicious snack to keep on hand this winter. Find them at the market from Hopkins Ag. Don’t forget they have almond butter too! 

Berry Bonanza!image

Berries, especially blueberries, have plenty of antioxidants like carotenoids to support a healthy heart. Try some from Felix at New Era Farms. 
Going Green for Valentine’s Day?
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Leafy greens are where it’s at in terms of heart health! Spinach and other dark leafy greens like kale and chard are excellent sources of Vitamins K and A. One cup of fresh spinach is about two handfuls and is equal to one veggie serving. Think about how easy it is to toss two handfuls of spinach in the blender with berries and OJ for breakfast to start the day the heart healthy way. Find tons of greens available from Menos Farms, Gaytan Farms, and living lettuces from Future Foods Farms. 
Citrus to Soothe the Heart
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We know oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C, but did you know Vitamin C also helps lower blood pressure? Blood pressure and cortisol levels can skyrocket when under stress, which is bad for your heart. A healthy dose of nature’s freshest citrus picks can help soothe your heart back to normal healthy activity. Try blood oranges or cara cara oranges; now in season for winter from Nicholas Farms. 

Dark Chocolate Fruit Hearts

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We haven’t forgotten the benefits of good quality dark chocolate. Dark chocolate with 70% or more natural cocoa content is rich in antioxidants that can boost heart health by being protective against free radicals that enter the body. Try out this tasty sweet chocolate covered fruit recipe. Fun for the kids too! 

New Farmer Joins the Market: Future Foods Farmsimage

Kinda neat when your farmer is your chef too! Chef + Farmer Adam Navidi of Future Foods Farms joined the market last week. You can find beautiful living lettuces, microgreens, bundles of winter veggies, and lots of other unique seasonal veggies grown organically through an innovative and eco-friendly aquaponics system right here in Orange County in Brea. Take a look at this cool video featuring Adam on the farm. Talk to Ram at the market to find out what’s new! 

Market Updates

Bon Voyage Elle! 

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This Saturday’s market day will be the last day onsite for our market manager Elle Mari. Elle is moving to San Diego for a new position at University of California—San Diego working in food justice. Elle wears many hats for Sprouts of Promise in addition to her great work as a market manager so we’re sad to see her go but excited she’ll be continuing her work in food systems. Want to be a market manager?

Note from Elle: I’m incredibly grateful for the experience I’ve had working with Sprouts of Promise for the past almost two years now. Working with farmers, local food artisans, and helping our market patrons and partners achieve success in the various ways they define it has been a unique and fun ride. Some of my favorite moments are shown below (in no particular order). Thanks for the good times SOCO and Sprouts of Promise! 

Organizing our farm-to-table dinner for our Newport Beach Farmers’ Market—seeing my friend and colleague, Jeronimo of Gaytan Farms, share his story as a farmworker was spectacular. image

Leading my first kids’ tour at the market—getting to see how excited kids were about having the autonomy (and money!) to choose their own produce after they talked with farmers and taste tested their way through the market. 

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Visiting Menos Farms in Riverside—this was one of our first farmers I visited and it was wonderful to tour the farm with farmers Manuel and Lupe and my boss, Mark Anderson, to get to know what small scale local organic farming was really all about. 

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New! Market Now Accepting Credit Cards

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You can now run your credit cards with us at the market information booth to receive farmers’ market tokens that can be used with any vendors at the market. How does it work? Minimum of $10 is required and we have to charge you a $2 fee because paypal kicks that fee down to us for the transaction. Still may be a better deal than dealing with bank fees when you have to run to an outside ATM. Inquire at the market with questions. 

Get Your Healthy Recipe Fix: Blueberry Spinach Smoothie

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Spinach from Menos Farms, fresh blueberries and strawberries from New Era Farms, and local raw honey from Bee Ladies Local Honey. Give it a try! 

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