Who says New Year's Starts January 1?

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Who says the New Year starts in January? Not us! While we may not have been posting here as often as we would have liked these past few months (life has a way of changing your pace sometimes) we are making the most of the moment and proclaiming March as the start to our New Year here at Thrive & Dine. Let’s start by saying “Happy March” to all of our faithful readers. Thank you for your continued loyalty, especially by following us on Instagram and Facebook

We are all set for the New Year, one that will bring you new, healthy restaurant reviews, the latest must-try products and yummy recipes that will keep you on track for the healthiest 2018 possible. We’ll bring you news from the food industry and share articles that support how to live a thriving life.

Traveling this year? We’ve made trips to Honolulu and Dallas, and reviews of our restaurant discoveries in those cities will be posted soon. As we hit the road going forward, you can be sure we’ll share tips and treasures for your future travel, too.

Need some new recipe ideas? We’ll share the recipes that are being cooked up in our kitchens and the cookbooks that we reach for over and over again.

We are gearing up for this year’s Natural Products Expo later this week so if you’d like to see some of the hot new products we’re falling in love with, and some long-time favorites, be sure to follow us on Instagram (don’t forget to watch our IG stories!) and Facebook.  And if there are products you want us to keep an eye out for, then let us know in the comments below.

In the meantime, enjoy one of our favorite recipes… Fenway Kale Salad, as seen in Clean Eating Magazine and inspired by the garden that grows at Fenway Stadium in Boston, Ma.

Wishing you a healthy week!

What A Year It's Been!

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Photo by Konstanttin/iStock / Getty Images

What a Year It’s Been!

Since we first launched Thrive & Dine, a little over a year ago, we have shared 31 restaurant reviews, 18 of our favorite recipes, several new products, and gift ideas along with a few health tips.  We even launched our first eCookbook filled with delicious ways to start your day! We’ve had a great time seeking out the healthiest, organic restaurants we could find. We have met many chefs and eaten dozens of meals in our quest to bring you the best tasting, organically-raised food in Orange County so you can Thrive every time you Dine. Thank you for following along our journey with us… we look forward to all that 2018 holds in store!

Before we say goodbye to 2017, we want to share our Top 10 Favorite Restaurants of the year. The winners are (in alphabetical order):

Babette’s

Café Gratitude

Farmhouse at Roger’s Gardens

La Sirena Grill

Provenance

Seabirds Kitchen

Sejuiced

True Food Kitchen

Urban Plates

Vibe Organic Kitchen

What were your favorite (healthy) restaurants in 2017? We want to know - share with us in the comments below.

Wishing each of you a Healthy New Year!

 

 

Another Mother to Love

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www.mothersmarket.com

Think of this review as a “two for one”… one review that tells you all the things we love about both Mother’s Market and Mother’s Kitchen.  Shop healthy, eat healthy! Mother’s makes it easy to meet your needs, whichever one you choose.

If you know, you know and in this case, if you know Mother’s Market has a restaurant at several of their locations, you also know that it’s a great place to eat.  It’s the original non-GMO, organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, healthy place to shop and eat. With seven locations in Orange County, it's likely there is one near you.

When it comes to stocking your kitchen and cooking at home, Mother’s Market has a lot of great ways to fill your cart. They carry all the basics for stocking a kitchen from brands that have “healthy” in mind. Don’t let the lack of a butcher counter deter you from making this a regular place to do your grocery shopping. And while they are well-known for their grocery store, don’t rule them out as a place to sit down for a restaurant meal.

The list is long when it comes to reasons we like Mother’s… here are a few of the things that keep us going back:

  • A great selection of fresh, organic produce, clearly marked as to its origin. We find that our produce items from Mother’s start off fresher and last longer than what we buy at other markets.
  • A big variety of dairy items from grass-fed cows, non-dairy selections that are not available in other markets.  They even sell raw milk from grass-fed cows and delicious cashew milk yogurts.
  • They have a long aisle full of bulk-item bins that offer everything from nuts and seeds to grains and nutritional yeast. You can even grind your own nut butter.
  • Need a new probiotic? Omega-3’s? Natural cold remedy? The supplements department has one of the most knowledgeable and helpful staffs of any place we’ve been.  You can depend on them to help connect your needs with the right, reputable products they sell.
  • Yes, they offer a few animal protein choices. Air-chilled, organic chicken, turkey and chicken sausages and a small fish selection.

And how about when you’re hungry and don’t feel like cooking?  Mother’s Kitchen, deli and juice bar all come to the rescue.

  • They offer smoothies and fresh-juiced fruits and vegetables, all customizable, all made with organic produce. Some of our favorites are the Green Goddess, the Aloha Goddess and when we catch a cold, the Ginger Pineapple Shot does wonders for our immune system.
  • A prepared foods hot food bar and deli counter offer delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Make your own salad, scoop up some Indian inspired Curry Tofu, or fill your plate with fresh cooked veggies. Love olives? They have an olive bar with abundant choices. We love the Living Hummus Wrap and the chickpea wrap available at the deli counter, too!

If you want to sit down and enjoy a restaurant meal, then Mother’s can accommodate you.  The restaurant portion of each location serves a huge variety of hot and cold items.

  • They use organic as often as possible (posted on a sign each day).
  • They have a great breakfast special that rotates monthly. $3.99 for a warm breakfast, this month is the Texas Scramble (Costa Mesa location).
  • There are so many choices for lunch and dinner that you could eat there daily and not get bored with the choices. Soups, salads, wraps, tacos and burritos, sandwiches and “burgers”, bowls and hot pastas.  One of our favorites is the Tahini Fusion Wrap (grilled tempeh, bean sprouts, tomatoes, organic mixed greens, brown rice, avocado and tahini dressing in an organic, whole wheat tortilla or collard green wrap).

Want to see more of what they serve? Here's the link to their menu

If shopping at a natural foods store is new to you, don’t let the unfamiliarity of product labels scare you off.  Our shopping guide (free download when you join our email list) gives you guidelines and the more frequently you shop there, the faster you’ll come to love the brands that bring you healthy options for all of your at home cooking. Mother's Market is a great place to do your regular grocery shopping, stock up on supplements, get a smoothie or food to go and to sit down for a meal where someone else does the cooking.  Is Mother's Market and Kitchen already one of your go-to places? We'd love to hear what your favorites are... let us know in the comments below! 

Vibe Organic Kitchen & Juice

There's a new kid on the healthy eating block and her name is Vibe.  We'd love to introduce her to you!  We have met a few times in recent weeks and we must admit, we really like her!  All kidding aside, we really do have a new favorite dining spot to share with you, one we hope sticks around for a long while.

 

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Frozen Treats for Hot Summer Days

Ice cream and summer go hand and hand, but doesn't it seem a little ironic, even cruel, that ice cream season is also bathing suit season?  Thrive & Dine isn’t about being restrictive, we do love ice cream, but when we indulge we strive to find the healthiest and tastiest frozen treats we can find. Thrive & Dine found two places to cool you off this summer where you can find some “healthy-ish” ice cream that the whole family will enjoy.   

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This One's Not for The Birds

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A bowlful of nutritionally packed seeds, fiber rich oats, nuts full of healthy fats and powerhouse fruits like goji and blueberries may sound like a recipe meant for the birds, but please don’t set it outside. Make a big batch of this good-for-you muesli mix and include it in your morning routine.  It’s even good as a mid-morning or early afternoon snack. Add your favorite nut milk or kefir and enjoy it cold or gently warmed on the stovetop.  A dash of cinnamon and vanilla are always a great addition, too. Enjoy!

Super Seed Muesli

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(Makes about 8 servings)

Gather These Ingredients

2 cups organic rolled oats

1 tbsp. freshly ground flax seeds

1 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tbsp. hemp seeds

2 tbsp. raw pumpkin seeds

2 tbsp. chopped walnuts or almonds

1-2 tbsp. gogi berries or dried blueberries - with no added sugar (optional)

 

Put it All Together

1.    Mix all the ingredients together and store in a Mason jar

2.   Feel free to add your favorite nut, seed or dried fruit.  Also, measurements can be altered to your liking. 

Serving suggestions

Mix 1/3 cup Super Seed Muesli with ½ cup almond milk and let soak for at least 10 minutes to overnight.  Add a dash of cinnamon for more flavor.

 

* recipe created by one of our founders, Linda Baird