Menu for This week!

MENU 10/05/2015

  Organic Rainbow Carrots Bunched
Organic Cucumbers
Organic Romaine Lettuce
Organic Red Medium Onions
  Organic Yukon Gold Potatoes
  Organic Zucchini Squash
Organic Slicing Tomatoes
  Organic Garnet Yams
  Organic Golden Delicious Apples
  Organic Hass Avocados
Organic Breaker Bananas (Del Monte)
  Organic Valencia Oranges
Organic Red Bartlett Pears

Eat and Support Local

There are so many awesome benefits to eating organic food! Did you know that when you buy organic produce you are helping to support local farmers, you have a helping hand in eliminating soil erosion, your allowing wild life to thrive, supporting the effort to strengthen species of foods  and let’s not forget it tastes so much better. Often times we forget that what we eat is fuel for our bodies, we can fill it with sugar and crash or fill it with fresh, delicious organic produce and keep the engine roaring. This week Tampa Bay Organics is reaching out to you to spread the word on just how awesome organic produce can be. Get your typing fingers ready, write a review and receive an instant $10.00 credit. Any organic loving teachers out there? Let us set up a Market at your school and win a free medium box! Refer a friend, after their third box is delivered, enjoy a $10.00 credit. Shout it from the rooftops and don’t hide how much you love organic produce! 

Organic Beauty: 5 Things You Need to Know!

SpaMore people today than ever are interested in organic beauty and concerned about what they put on their skin. We try to eat healthy and we drag ourselves to the gym, Pilates or yoga so of course we want to make sure our skin isn’t soaking up potentially cancer-causing chemicals that we unknowingly put on our faces, our bodies and our scalps.

And we really don’t want to use products tested on bunnies or rats.

The great news is there are bundles of fabulous organic products on the market today. But which products can you trust? And what’s really organic? Just for you, I present The 5 Things You Need to Know About Organic Beauty in awesome list form. Because everyone likes a good list.

#1: Don’t Trust Every Label You See

Just because something is labeled “natural” does not mean it is comprised only of ingredients found in the woods. The industry isn’t properly regulated yet, so read the labels carefully. A bottle marked “organic” must contain 95 percent organic ingredients, but those marked “natural” or “made with organic ingredients” may still contain the bad stuff.

#2: If There’s One Crunchy Beauty Item You Buy, Make It Coconut Oil

People like to ask me about my beauty secrets. Lately, I’ve been telling people my No. 1 beauty secret is Coconut Oil.I find it is the most amazing natural beauty product available today. Use it to moisturize skin, add life to dry/thin hair , apply it as a foundation primer or to remove make up.

You can get COCO Oil in our online store The Pantry and any health food store, but the cheapest prices will be us!

#3: Mineral Makeup is a Good Healthy Bet

Mineral makeup companies tend to market themselves as purely organic. Made up of ground-up zinc oxide, iron oxide, titanium dioxide and mica, it certainly sounds organic. Every internet search totally busts this myth in interviews with scientists. It turns out even the organic stuff has to be processed in a lab and most makeup is made up of minerals, anyway.  What sets mineral makeup apart from other makeup is what it doesn’t have: preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, chemical dyes and fragrances. All of those things may cause women with skin sensitivities to break out. When it comes to makeup that comes in powdered form (think eyeshadows, foundations, blush, bronzers), mineral makeup is actually your best healthy choice.

#4: It’s Amazing What You Can Do With the Staples in Your Kitchen

If you’re the crafty sort, the type of person who likes to whip things up in the kitchen, then there’s no reason you should ever buy a $22 lip scrub, a $40 facial mask or a $64 facial scrub (at one point or another I owned all of these) when you can make these products yourself for a dollar or 2 from staples found in your kitchen. What’s more, unlike some products out there which are tested on animals and possibly full of ingredients you really don’t want on your skin, you know exactly what you’re dealing with when you make your own beauty products.

Quick Face Mask Recipe : honey, lemon and brown sugar. ( Clear, Fresh and Soft)

#5: Look for Sulfate-free Shampoos

Sulfates, the ingredients in shampoo that causes it to lather, are highly controversial. Many natural health experts recommend avoiding any shampoos with the foaming agents sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate as main ingredients. Why? Laboratory studies show that products that end in “eth” (such as sodium laureth sulphate, polyethylene glycol, oleth, myreth and ceteareth) all test positive for 1,4-Dioxane, a proven cancer-causing petrochemical. Whether there’s enough of these petrochemicals in shampoos to cause long-term effects is what’s up for debate. But if you want to be safe and not sorry, go the sulfate-free route. Basically anything you can pronounce is the way to go.

Quick Tip: You can use Coconut oil as shampoo and or conditioner.

My favorite brand : Toms

 

Want more Organic Beauty health tips? Look out for more Organic Beauty emails!

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Step 1:

Get Started by choosing your box size (small, medium, or large) and delivery schedule.

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Set your Account Preferences: Tell us what fruits and veggies you don’t like.  Don’t like it, you will never see it from us. We will automatically replace with an item you love!

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Every Friday you’ll receive an email that will include a new organic menu where you can make substitutions and additions to personalize each delivery! Its all about you!

 

So…Where Do you Get your produce from?

Where Do You Get Your Produce From!?

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This has got to be the most common question we get asked on a weekly basis. Our customers are very interested to know where their food comes from, and they absolutely have the right to be curious. I don’t want to roll the dice on what I eat, and I can imagine that none of you do either. We are very open about where we purchase our organic produce from and we would be more than happy to share with you that information. While we have some excellent weather in our lovely state of Florida, we don’t have the best climate for growing. It is very difficult to find 100% organic produce around these parts and at the same time maintaining a good variety in your boxes. So we do purchase some of our produce from out of state; however, we get as much as possible in from Florida and will continue to do so.

We firmly believe that you will get the best benefit from produce if it is 100% organic, and we refuse to sacrifice when it comes to the health of our customers. When you purchase a non-organic item from the grocery store or anywhere else, you are also paying for something called agricultural “externalities” which are the hidden costs associated with each item including damage to the water and soil resources and damage to human health from exposure to pesticides and chemicals. Yes, you are actually paying for someone else’s health that has to work in the environment of those dangerous chemicals. Crazy!!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Organic Produce

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We buy fresh and deliver fresh to you! Once you receive your delivery, we recommend you put everything away in its proper place to preserve that freshness, and so nothing goes to waste! To assist in extending the life of your produce, pick up some Evert-Fresh Green Bags in our online store. And don’t forget to leave your cooler outside on delivery day!

Taking Care of your Fruit

Fruits ripen at room temperature and can be placed in a lightly closed paper bag with a banana to ripen faster. It is ripe when it emits a sweet aroma and is soft to the touch. When ripe, refrigerate to preserve freshness or eat and enjoy!
➢ Pears and other stone fruits may need some extra time to ripen.
➢ The tomato will ripen and taste best at room temperature.
➢ A trick to prevent mold on berries is to wash them in a mixture of 1-part vinegar and 10-parts water prior to storing. Make sure they are completely dry after washing.

Taking Care of your Veggies

Most vegetables should be kept in the crisper drawer, which has a slightly higher humidity level than the rest of the refrigerator. Nutrient loss occurs when vegetables are exposed to light and air – so resist the urge to wash, chop or slice until you are ready to eat them!
➢ Store veggies in an Evert-Fresh Green bag in your fridge to preserve freshness. Ensure produce is as dry as possible before placing in bag and use a separate bag for each variety.
➢ Store garlic, onions and potatoes in cool, dark, well-ventilated place away from extreme temperatures.
➢ Remove the greens off of the carrots as soon as you can to prevent them from drawing moisture away from the carrots and going limp.
➢ If your leafy greens and lettuces wilt, simply place them in a bowl filled with ice water overnight and they will look as good as new!

Web: www.TampaBayOrganics.com
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 813.949.1112

Wedding Gift Idea!

What better way to celebrate 2 lives becoming 1 than giving the love birds the gift of health that will serve them for years to come. While gift registries provide guests with an idea of what the couple needs to build a home (Kitchen-aid mixer, Egyptian cotton sheets, a teapot set that they will never use), it is often the gifts that come from the heart that end up meaning the most. Impress the happy couple with a wedding gift so delightful that they will thank you for many years to come. Tampa Bay Organics offers them a new menu each week of fresh, delicious, certified organic produce delivered right to their front door! So they can spend more time doing what newlyweds do best: cooking healthy organic meals together in the kitchen. What did you think I was going to say? 😉

I’m speaking from experience. My wedding was April 2013 and I can’t tell you how many items I have that sit in boxes in my garage collecting dust! Don’t waste your money on a gift that they will never use when you can give something that is unique, they can use immediately and they truly appreciate! We can either send the gift certificate directly to the couple, or send to you so you can hand deliver to them. If you’re already getting deliveries from us, you can also add the gift certificate to any order you’re already receiving.

Contact us now at 813.949.1112 or email us at [email protected] to order your certificate today, or if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday Love Beans ! 

There are so many awesome benefits to eating organic food! Did you know that when you buy organic produce you are helping to support local farmers, you have a helping hand in eliminating soil erosion, your allowing wild life to thrive, supporting the effot to strengthen species of foods  and let’s not forget it tastes so much better. Often times we forget that what we eat is fuel for our bodies, we can fill it with sugar and crash or fill it with fresh, delicious organic produce and keep the engine roaring. This week Tampa Bay Organics is reaching out to you to spread the word on just how awesome organic produce can be. Get your typing fingers ready, write a review and receive an instant $10.00 credit. Any organic loving teachers out there? Let us set up a Market at your school and win a free medium box! Refer a friend, after their third box is delivered, enjoy a $10.00 credit. Shout it from the rooftops and don’t hide how much you love organic produce! 

Weekly Updates December 5th Edition

Happy Friday!

Is it me or is  time just continuing to move faster and faster? Thanksgiving is over and now everyone is in a tizzy because the holidays are just around the corner. I write these emails each week writing about all  different things, and today I wanted to share with you some of my favorite quick and easy meals that I make in a hurry. With a growing baby, a job, a husband and a dog its a lot. Then on top of all that, throw in a house and my o my, I certainly don’t have time to make a full coarse meal let alone sit down and enjoy one!

Every week a go to for me is a huge pot of veggie soup. The entire fridge is in this and its delicious. When it’s cold out (70 degrees brr ), a big pot of hot soup is literally the most beautiful thing in the world. You can make it with just veggies or add in protein like chicken or beans. But you don’t really need a recipe. You can just chop up whatever veggies you have around and sauté them in some coconut oil in a big pot with the seasoning of your choice. (If you’re using chicken, chop it up, and sauté that first.) Add a can of rinsed beans and sauté for another minute or two. Add stock, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer, cover, and allow to cook for about 20 minutes. If you want noodles, cook them separately and throw them in at the end. Ladle into (big) bowls and enjoy!

Another one of my favorites is roasting veggies. This is one of the easiest, most reliable ways to cook them. Turn your oven up to 450°F. Chop your veggies, with the harder ones, like carrots and potatoes, cut up into smaller pieces than soft vegetables like broccoli and squash. Toss them all with some olive oil or coconut oil and kosher sea salt. Spread on a baking sheet or two, don’t crowd!  Roast for about 30-40 minutes, or until they look and taste good. Then serve and wait for silence. Then you have successfully made a delicious yummy healthy dinner. Want a side? Brown rice is always a winner with this meal.

Ok, now onto something VERY important. I posted a picture quote on our Facebook page the other day about how people spend $5 on a Starbucks drink but wont spend $5 on organic eggs due to them being expensive. And we got more likes on that then us telling everyone about us adopting Milton from Honduras. O how the world works. Anyhow, Calling all coffee drinkers! This one is for you. Now like every human on this planet that loves their caffeine (me included) and if you are a tea drinker this also goes for you (not really I just wanted to make you feel included). You would be shocked to know how many calories are in your special drinks this holiday season! Just be aware and don’t tripple anything or get any extra’s! Just one Mocha Peppermint Latte with added chocolate curls and whipped cream, packs in 410 calories, 45% of your daily saturated fat, and 54 , I repeat, 54 grams of sugar. Coffee and skim milk and a natural sweetner is the way to go!

We hope you all have a wonderful week. This weeks menu is packed with awesome items!

We have Acorn squash, collard greens , spinach, and more! Now go get your subbin’ on and enjoy your weekend!

P.S Don’t forget about our online store!! Time is running out for the Pumpkin Spice Honey! We only have a limited supply!!

**Hate lines and crowded stores? We are here to save you time and give the best gift of all, health! Contact us [email protected] for gift certificates or visit tampabayorganics.com/gift! Send them 1 box to up to 3 months of fresh, delicious organic produce. We personalize the box with a sweet holiday card from you and they get to customzie their items! Give the gift that keeps giving!

Tampa Wedding Gifts

We know it’s tough to come up with new, thoughtful and romantic wedding gifts in Tampa each and every wedding season. And it becomes even harder when you are on a budget. What better way to celebrate 2 lives becoming 1 than giving the love birds the gift of health that will serve them for years to come. While gift registries provide guests with an idea of what the couple needs to build a home (Kitchen-aid mixer, Egyptian cotton sheets, a teapot set that they will never use), it is often the gifts that come from the heart that end up meaning the most. Impress the happy couple with a wedding gift so delightful that they will thank you for many years to come. Tampa Bay Organics offers them a new menu each week of fresh, delicious, certified organic produce delivered right to their front door! So they can spend more time doing what newlyweds do best: cooking healthy organic meals together in the kitchen. What did you think I was going to say? 😉

I’m speaking from experience. My wedding was last April and I can’t tell you how many items I have that sit in boxes in my garage collecting dust! Don’t waste your money on a gift that they will never use when you can give something that is unique, they can use immediately and they truly appreciate! We can either send the gift certificate directly to the couple, or send to you so you can hand deliver to them. If you’re already getting deliveries from us, you can also add the gift certificate to any order you’re already receiving.

Contact us now at 813.949.1112 or email us at [email protected] to order your certificate today, or if you have any questions. We are here to help!