healing from the inside out

Do you ever have the experience wherein you find exactly what you need at the most opportune moment?

I am recovering from a scheduled surgery (and doing well, thanks for asking) due in part to this fantastic smoothie recipe that  I came across just before the surgery.

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We all know what Popeye’s superfood is!

To prepare for the recovery, knowing I’d have limited movement and energy, I made a batch of the healthy hearty white bean kale soup, portioned it into single servings and froze it.  I also bought lots of kale and coconut water and bananas for the smoothie recipe.

While there are lots of smoothie recipes, this one struck me as simple, nutritious and easy to digest.  And it has proved to be a major component of my recovery; in fact, it is all I’ve been “eating” through my beloved bendy straw for the last 5 days!  I have no appetite but knowing I have to nourish myself, this has been easy to make, delicious and just the right combination allowing me to actually drink it.

I did make a few adjustments, as I always recommend in most recipes!

Superpower Morning Smoothie
Serves 1
1 large handful roughly chopped kale, spinach, collards, or a combination
1 frozen peeled banana, cut into several pieces
1 cup pure unsweetened coconut water
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon flax oil
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely uniform in color and all the bits of green are pulverized. Serve immediately.

What are foods you rely on when you’re healing?

-Molly Zahner

january discounts from slow girl foods!

It’s a new year and this is when folks take stock, resolve to make goals and start anew.  At Slow Girl Foods we are helping our fans ease into those healthy new goals by reducing our prices from $3.49 to $2.99 for the month of January at Whole Foods Markets!

One of the things we are also offering in January to one of our wonderful customers is a $50 gift certificate to Whole Foods.  Yep, you read right: that’s FIFTY DOLLARS to Whole Foods!

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Help us help you lower that grocery bill!

To enter to win all you have to do is stop by one of our demos during the month of January, say hi to us, and subscribe to our email list.  It’s that easy! The drawing will be held at the end of the month and the winner will be contacted by email.

Don’t worry; we hate spam just as much as you do! We never send out excessive updates; we make sure to send out just the information you want about Slow Girl Foods.

Below we’ve listed the times and places of our demos for the rest of the month:

Saturday, January 19th

11 AM – 2 PM

Davis Whole Foods Market

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Saturday, January 26th

11 AM – 2 PM

Ocean Whole Foods Market

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Sunday, January 27th

11 AM – 2 PM

Blossom Hill Whole Foods Market

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 Monday, January 28th

4 PM – 7 PM

Haight Street Whole Foods Market

Looking forward to seeing you there!

The Inevitable Question: What is Steel-Cut Oatmeal?

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Molly Zahner, the founder of Slow Girl Foods, wanted to share her story about the most commonly asked question about our product:

When I was first starting Slow Girl Foods, my Aunt Francie from St. Louis asked me,

What is steel-cut oatmeal?

I realized that although it’s a commonly used term when discussing oatmeal (as so often happens at cocktail parties, the opera, etc.), not many people know what it really is.

Steel-cut oatmeal is made with the whole grain oat (minus the inedible hull), called groats, which are cut into large pieces with steel blades. Unlike rolled oats or instant oatmeal, this minimally processed method retains bits of the bran layer and is more nutritious! It is also what allows for the chewy, nutty texture that is preferred by most people.

Steel-cut oats may have a lower glycemic index than instant oatmeal (42 vs. 66, respectively) which keeps your energy up longer. For those fighting diabetes, a low glycemic index is imperative.

Now, next time you are at a party you can reign supreme when the inevitable question is asked: just what are steel-cut oats?