Category Archives: lectures

Big Announcement: VIP from NGMOP

Hi everyone, GREAT news – we have confirmed guest speaker Courtney Pineau from the Non-GMO Project to come speak at our store, this is HUGE! All those Project verification logos you see on so many products in our stores (and all over the country!) – these are the people who put them there. Come learn about the Non-GMO Project from the source itself.

Dean’s Natural Food Market invites you to attend an in-store presentation from Courtney Pineau of the Non-GMO Project.

GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, are organisms which have been genetically altered by inserting genes of one species into another species (also known as “genetically engineered”), creating combinations meant to be pest and herbicide-resistant, but possibly with health risks to consumers. GMO foods have not been proven to be safe for us to eat and may in fact be linked to many health issues such as food allergies, infertility, autism, digestive problems and others.

Over 50 countries worldwide have banned GMO crops. In the USA, GMO foods such as corn, sugar beets, soy, canola and zucchini have been present in our food supply since the early 1990s,have been present in our and do not yet require federally-mandated labeling.

The Non-GMO Project is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and uphold a standardized definition of “non-GMO” for food and other products that are produced without genetic engineering. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization in North America offering independent verification of testing for products in the US and Canada. Products which have been verified by the Non-GMO Project as being free of GMOs can be identified by their verification logo on the packaging.

This free presentation starts at 2 pm on Sunday, September 23rd and will take place in our Shrewsbury location at 490 Broad St. (Rt. 35 N), Shrewsbury NJ. All ages are welcome to attend.

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All about Water Kefir: Learn to make your own fizzy-lifting drinks

What is water kefir? Known by many, MANY names (due to the many different cultures who have been using it for centuries), water kefir, tibicos, tibi, Japanese water crystals, Africian bees, Balm of Gilead, the list goes on and on – but what IS it?

In a nutshell, it’s a drink made by fermenting yeast and bacteria, which are called “grains.” They are mixed with water, sugar and an acidic bit of fruit and left to do their thing. Sounds delicious, mmmmm. /end sarcasm.But no, really – the result is a “fizzy-lifting drink,” carbonated like soda but without the processed sugar, artificial flavors and colors AND with an extra added bonus – a ton of  natural probiotics. Sort of like kombucha. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan and low cal, plus you can flavor it too.

Find out more at our first class with the knowledgeable and dynamic Miss Zoe of RAWBundant. You know Zoe, we’ve talked about her and her amazing nut cheezes and other products here before (OK, her raw cashew feta on crackers, drool…) and if you haven’t met her in person, this is NOT to be missed.

If you’d like to register, sign up in-store or call the store of your choice: Shrewsbury 12pm: 732-842-8686 or Ocean 4pm: 732-517-1515. See ya there!

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Interview with a Raw Foodie

As many of you know, sometime last year we started holding monthly classes on raw foods, taught by local musician and raw foods aficionado Abby Cahn-Anton. We have one coming up this weekend, as a matter of fact. What you don’t know is – who is Abby Cahn-Anton? What is she all about?

I had the opportunity to find out in the following never-before done interview. What are raw foods all about, what made her change her lifestyle to raw? Has she ever “cheated?” Find out all that and more: Abby Cahn-Anton: Interview with a Raw Foodie.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I consider myself very lucky. My mother made sure I ate healthy food and stayed away from so-called “junk food.” Only small amounts of soda, chips, candy and other heavily processed foods passed my lips during my childhood. I ate lots of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as whole grain bread. Nonetheless, the way I ate as a kid was a far cry from what I now consider to be healthy and I had my fair share of other-than-perfect health. Yet the seeds of wisdom were planted. I knew that what I ate was an important part of being healthy.

When I was in my 20s and out on my own for the first time, I became a vegetarian. I noticed pretty quickly that I stopped getting the usual “seasonal” colds and viruses. Now that I’m well into what might be termed “middle age,” I’m able to see that my life has been shaped by a passion for eating consciously. I’m continually upgrading my diet and health practices. Continue reading

Supercharge!

Supercharge, vroom vroom!

NO, not like that. More like this:

Spirulina, chlorella, E3 Live*, bee pollen, these mysterious supplements will supercharge your body’s engine just like those car engines up there. How?

Find out all about them at Supercharge with Superfoods with Maryjane Mercovich on Saturday, Jan. 28 (12 in Ocean, 2 in Shrewsbury.) Maryjane describes these superfoods as “highly nutritious and highly concentrated, a lot of bang for your buck. She explains:

“Certain foods have super-concentrated nutrition that when taken, give you a long-lasting, natural burst of energy. Unlike substances like caffeine, which take you up and then let you crash, these superfoods let you down evenly throughout your day – no crashing.”

Maryjane will also be talking a little about something called ORAC foods – Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity foods. In a nutshell, there are ORAC values and the higher the value #of the food is, the more antioxidants it has to fight free radicals. MJ will give you the scoop on what foods are high up there on the ORAC chart – you’ll be surprised when you find out!

The seminar is free, we just ask for you to please register so we have a head count. Register by stopping in or calling the store of your choice: Ocean, Sat. 28 at 12 pm, 732-517-1515 OR Shrewsbury, Sat. 28 at 2 pm, 732-842-8686.

*Check out our very own Juice Bar Jim from the Ocean store on E3 Live’s video page. (His is the one with the caption “E3Live BrainOn Supreme – Jim drinks a whole 8oz bottle of it mixed with young coconut water”

(Vegan) (and Raw) Foodie Fun

Hello there! We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving and got a nice start to your holiday shopping.

Coming this Saturday, Dec. 3rd, we’ve got a great free lecture you may want to check out – Flu-Proof Your Winter: Simple Strategies to Beat the Flu with our own Maryjane Mercovich, M.S., Nutritionist and Homeopathic Educator. Many of you know Mary Jane from our Nutrition aisles – she is literally a walking encyclopedia of nutrition! Well, she’s going to give out some of her tips for avoiding the flu this season – and what to do if you get it – naturally, of course. She’ll be in Ocean at 1pm and Shrewsbury at 3 pm. Just think, an hour spent learning from her may save you a week of being sick! (That old “Ounce of prevention, pound of cure” thing)

Vegan and raw foods have come a long, long way, far from just a few years ago, when the general public thought of the diet as “rabbit food” or existing on nuts and plain salads. Vegan and raw chefs have become true innovators to meet the needs and demands of these quickly-growing lifestyles; more and more people are changing their diets and the chefs are stepping up to the plate to come up with more interesting, nutritious, good-tasting food and gourmet options. Like Good Karma Vegan Cafe and Live Jolly Foods. Continue reading