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Nutritionist Corner Recipe: Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:
1 large Clearly Organic egg
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon Clearly Organic pure vanilla extract
1 cup Clearly Organic creamy peanut butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together egg, sugar, baking soda and vanilla with an electric hand mixer until creamy. Beat in peanut butter until well blended. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet. Press lightly with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 -12 minutes, until cookies are slightly set. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes. Recipe yields about 2 dozen cookies.
Variations: Stirring in dark chocolate morsels after batter is blended makes a great peanut butter chocolate chip cookie. Adding a sprinkle of sea salt prior to baking also provides a great sweet and salty cookie.

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Nutritionist Corner Recipe: Overnight Oat

Ingredients:
1/3 cup Clearly Organic Old-Fashioned Oats
1/3 cup Vanilla Almond Milk or Soy Milk
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (optional)
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Almond Butter

Directions:
Add oats, almond milk and chia seeds to a jar or bowl. Mix well, cover and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning stir in berries and add almond butter. This recipe can also be made in the
morning and enjoyed at the lunch hour. Any variety of fruit or nut butter is delicious with
overnight oats!

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Nutritionist Corner: Why Choose Organic?

A new dilemma has arisen for consumers at most local grocery stores. Is it better to choose organic or traditionally grown food products? In years past, organic foods were only found at health food stores or farmers markets. Now you can find them lining the shelves next to many family staples. From canned goods to diary products, organic food is now readily available. Which brings the average consumers to question – should I buy organic?

By picking organic products, one can reduce exposure to chemicals and genetically modified organisms (GMO). Organic regulations ban or restrict food additives, artificial sweeteners, colorings and flavor enhancers. Some consumers choose organic simply for taste and environmental reasons. Organic farming practices aim to reduce pollution, conserve water and improve soil quality.

Many factors can influence ones decision to choose organic but the most common concern is cost. Organic foods often cost slightly more than their traditional counterparts. This is largely due to more expensive farming practices. Whether you go 100% organic or mix conventional foods with some organic, it’s good to keep these two food principals in mind:

1. Buy local in-season fruit and vegetables whenever possible
2. Read food labels to ensure your products are moderate in calories, carbohydrates, sugar and sodium

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