Recipes & DIY

Coconut Oil Coffee (Blended, Not Stirred...That's the Secret!)

Friday, April 26, 2013 by Kaitlin W

Ben H. challenged me to put coconut oil in my coffee because he had learned that is one of the many uses our customers have for our delicious coconut oil. The reason for this craze is that it's said to give an extra kick of natural energy on top of your caffeinated energy! It sounded great in theory, but in practice the idea of putting oil in my coffee grossed me out.

But, Ben's been here longer so I knew ultimately I'd have to be the one to bite this bullet. So you can imagine my genuine...

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DIY Dog Treats: Homemade "Natural Greenies" For Fresh Doggy Breath!

Friday, April 19, 2013 by Courtney K

A while back I needed something to do with a ridiculous over-abundance of pumpkin. (We belong to a CSA and went a little overboard at the end-of-season open pick.) One of the uses I found for it was dog treats. My boxer-bully-lab-mutt, Buddy, loved these crunchy treats. He's got some fairly horrendous dog breath, so after the pumpkin biscuit success, I thought I'd try my hand at some breath-freshening natural dog treats. I found the below recipe, which aims to replicate the famous Greenies® brand...

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Behind the Scenes with SHP’s Chefs!

Friday, March 29, 2013 by Kayla M

Did you know that the recipe emails that we send out twice a month have been tested by Swanson employees? In order to make sure we’re giving you great tasting, quality recipes, we make them ourselves. Now, it can get a little crazy in the kitchen because we typically make between four and six recipes at a time!

Earlier this month, we were back at it! This time, four self-proclaimed chef’s from the Swanson Web Team made a salad, bread, beverage, snack and dip – all in under six hours! The Swanson...

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3 New Vegan Protein Powder Smoothie Recipes!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 by Courtney K

I know Valentine’s Day is coming up, but don’t anybody get me chocolates. I do not have a sweet tooth. Lemons, on the other hand, I can’t get enough of. I should really divide all the recipes on my Pinterest boards into “Lemon” and “Everything Else.” So when we got a new protein powder in I found a lemon-centered recipe and whipped up some smoothies. Swanson Vegan Protein Powder

This vanilla-flavored Vegan Protein with Probiotics is new to the virtual shelves at Swanson. Part of the Swanson GreenFoods Formulas line of...

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Non-GMO Organic Hemp Seeds PLUS Easy Hemp Protein Bar Recipe (NEW PRODUCTS REVIEW)

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Courtney K

Have you been to our New Products page recently? We've got all kinds of new items to start your 2013 off right—supplements for weight management and seasonal immunity, and some exciting additions to our Organic Foods line: Shelled Hemp Seed and Hemp Protein Powder.

I had a chance to sample the hemp seeds and they are tasty! Nutty and slightly sweet, like pine nuts or a mellow cashew. Hemp is a natural vegetarian source of complete protein (including all essential amino acids), fiber and essential...

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Healthy Eats with SHP Presents Healthy Holiday Recipes

Sunday, December 2, 2012 by Kayla M

Make the holiday season a healthier one with help from the Healthy Eats with SHP cooking team! This season, we’re sending you four recipes to help you come up with delicious dishes for your holiday entertaining, each made with healthy ingredients. Each Sunday through December 16th, you’ll get a new recipe delivered to your email inbox. And every recipe comes with some extra help as our resident chef (and Human Resources manager), Pam, shows you how to make each recipe step-by-step in a series...

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The Worst Breakfast for Your Health (Plus 3 Healthy Breakfast Recipes)

Thursday, November 29, 2012 by Ben H

I know, I know. If you hear one more time that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” you’re going to lose your mind. But the consensus seems to be pretty clear on this one, and you can find a lot of studies showing that people who skip breakfast:

skipping breakfast is unhealthy

So, really, the worst breakfast for your health is no breakfast at all. But there’s a close second, and it may come as no surprise. What is it? The fast food breakfast sandwich..a "time bomb in a bun."

worst breakfast for your health

This is going to be tough news to take...

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Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: The Complete Beginner's Guide

Thursday, November 1, 2012 by Anthony N.

What is Aromatherapy?

what is aromatherapy essential oilsAccording to, "Aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. It has also been used to help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure. But so far there is limited scientific evidence to support claims that aromatherapy effectively prevents or cures illness."


Aromatherapy is based on general principle. Aromatherapy uses oils extracted from flowers, seeds, leaves,...

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Sweet Potato Power: How Alkalizing Sweet Potatoes Fight Inflammation

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Raena Morgan

When we think of sweet potatoes, very often we are reminded of Thanksgiving and a sweet potato casserole with brown sugar, marshmallows and cinnamon that looks something like the picture at right (credit: While cinnamon is gaining a good reputation these days for helping control blood sugar, marshmallows and brown sugar continue to remain high-carb villains! Furthermore, the acidity of the two takes away from the natural alkalinity of sweet potatoes. They are also rich in...

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DIY Natural Sugar Scrub

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Cassandra B.

DIY Sugar Scrub recipes

How to Use a Sugar Scrub

A sugar scrub is used to help smooth out rough skin. Essentially, the sugar granules act as the scrubbing or exfoliating mechanism. To use it, simply massage the sugar scrub in small circular movements over rough patches of skin, such as on your elbows, knees or feet. Using a sugar scrub on your face is generally not recommended. 

It's easiest to use your sugar scrub in the shower, so you can easily rinse it off when you are done. 

Should I Make or Buy a Sugar Scrub?


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