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Adaptogens & Superfoods Are On The Menu!

One of the first things we were sure we wanted to incorporate into our Acorn Cafe menu were adaptogens and super foods infused beverages and food.

Adaptogens are substances from plants, herbs, and mushrooms that help our bodies adapt or balance.

That could mean adapt to stress, balance hormones, ease digestion, increase energy, or even clearing brain fog and helping memory. Adaptogens are also great at contributing to a strong immune system and have been used to fight cancer and/or manage the effects of cancer treatments.

Adaptogens are not anything new. Adaptogens have been used by healers and herbalists for thousands of years!  They are becoming more common now, as people start to look for more natural ways to deal with common issues. A very common issue being chronic stress!  We all have to deal with stress. And are all affected by it; either physically, emotionally, or psychologically. And we all try to find ways to manage it. Stress can likely be the root cause of many health issues, including weakened immune systems, digestion issues, and inflammation in our bodies.

Some of the adaptogens you will find on the Acorn Cafe menu are turmeric, ginger, milk thistle, and reishi and chaga (medicinal mushrooms.) Just to name a few!

Superfoods, of course, are plant-based foods that are loaded with nutrition! Essential for healthy diets and optimum function. There is a long list of super foods that will be found in our menu items. A couple worth mentioning are: matcha green tea and E3 Live’s Blue Majik.

Matcha is a green tea that’s processed less than regular green tea. Since they grow in shade, the natural nutrients found in the leaves are entirely preserved. The leaves are never heated.  The benefits of matcha outweigh the benefits of some of the other most popular superfoods! Matcha contains over 6x the antioxidants in goji berries, 7x the antioxidants in dark chocolate, 17x more antioxidants than blueberries, and 60x the antioxidants found in spinach. In just one teaspoon!  Try out Acorn Cafe’s matcha latte (my personal favourite,) and experience an energy burst that lasts with no crash!

E3 Live’s Blue Majik is relatively new, and has some serious health benefits! Blue Majik is the most dense superfood known, loaded with the highest concentration of proteins, vitamins, trace minerals, and essential fatty acids. One teaspoon of the fresh or frozen concentrated algae is equivalent to eating a large salad. The Blue Majik concentrate is great added into lattes and smoothies!

In addition to adaptogens and super foods, our tea menu contains beneficial herbal concoctions created by Hollow Reed, that are known to help with digestion, stress, colds, and more!

Stop by Acorn Cafe at Generation Green and let our staff create something new, just for you!

Please note that all the information found on generationgreenwpg.com is not meant to treat or diagnose health issues. We intend to provide information on our products and ingredients. We encourage everyone to do their own research and consult with a professional before diagnosing or treating a chronic condition. Also take caution if nursing or pregnant.

There are many types of adaptogens which may work differently for everyone. For alternative treatment to chronic issues, I highly recommend a consult with master herbalist, Chad Cornell at Hollow Reed Holistic.

 

 

An Introduction to Natural Living

When I first began my journey into finding safe alternatives it was all very overwhelming and confusing!  Where to start, who to trust and where to go to find the products I needed was difficult, but as with every change we just simply must begin!

We need to start somewhere and take small steps.  We are all uniquely different and will naturally require, desire, and will begin our journey into natural living in the area that is of most importance at this  moment.  For me, it was skin care, for you it could be healthcare, nutrition, or even what to clean your home with. Regardless of where we start, it begins with one step, and then one change will naturally lead to the next.  Kind of like a snowball that keeps getting rolled into a boulder size and then you need to start rolling another ball and another until you’ve built yourself into the healthiest version of you!  I like to look at these three snowballs as what we put “IN”, “ON” and “AROUND” our bodies.

Luckily for you, my staff and I are all on our own journey’s, with different motivators, various amount of knowledge and love sharing what we have learned, worked for us and yet still where we are headed.  We also are learning from you, our customers! It’s a community of knowledge, all at different points but excited to share.  What works for me, may not work for you but the more we learn the more we know, the more we share, and the more we try.

It can be difficult to sometimes not blurt out and say this is what you need to do based on my experience, because it’s exciting when we find our solution, and only natural to want to share. I decided to start this blog series though to hopefully clear away some of the confusion, present the options in easy to understand language. I hope you will follow along and even offer up some of your own knowledge!

Our next blog post we will discuss the most important thing you need to be adding into your daily regime for optimal health.

Written by:  Sherry Sobey

Meet The Maker – Chad Cornell of Hollow Reed Holistic

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Chad Cornell – Hollow Reed Holistic

Having long been a fan of Chad Cornell and what he was doing for Winnipeg folks,  we were excited when the opportunity arose to offer our customers his amazing blends of organic teas.  Chad is our Manitoba maker being featured this month!

What inspired you to start creating tea blends?

I love tea, not just the taste of tea but the health benefits also.  When I opened Hollow Reed Holistic back in 2005, I had many people coming in with specific requests and needs.  Out of this came our unique selection of enjoyable and therapeutic tea blends.

Which tea is your personal favourite?

Even though I’m surrounded daily by a lot of different tea options I really love a good old-fashioned Peppermint tea which is also the main ingredient in the Manitoba Wilderness Tea – organic of course.  I find it uplifting yet relaxing, it’s great for digestion and a potent anti-viral.   My favourite tea blend by far is the Om Shantea blend which I find gives me strength, clarity, and a feeling of calm all at the same time.

What’s different about Hollow Reed tea?

I think it’s that we genuinely care about what we are offering and people can sense that.  Our teas are also pure – organic, fresh, and effective in helping people on their journey to health and vitality.  We don’t add any weird artificial flavours or colours that you often find in many other teas.  They are also not made and bagged up in a factory somewhere, we hand blend them here in Winnipeg and package them ourselves.   They have also been designed by a trained Master Herbalist, myself, which I think really helps – they work and they taste good!

What is your favourite way/time to enjoy tea?

I love my tea before bedtime with a book.  However, I would have to say that I really benefit from drinking tea while I do private consultations with people.  For this I prefer the Om Shantea or the Wize One because they both have the Indian herb Gotu Kola in them which supports a calm and clear mind.

What’s the biggest challenge you faced in creating your product?

I think our biggest challenge has been that our goal is to keep our product high in quality but low in price.  However with the cost of shipping and our desire to pay local harvesters a good dollar for their efforts it’s not always easy.  Fortunately we have found a market that shares the same value system as us – and the same commitment to quality.

What’s your favourite thing about Manitoba?

Hands down it’s the Boreal Forest and the people.  I was born in the Canadian Shield and feel like it’s in my blood.  I lived on the West Coast for years but much of the time I longed for the Boreal Forest and the ancient shield rock.  We have an incredible diversity of medicinal plants here as well as an amazing diversity of people and cultures.  It’s really special, and I think more people are beginning to realize that.

You can find Hollow Reed organic teas at Generation now.

Our 1st Naturally Mom & Me Showcase Event – Photo’s

Our 1st “Naturally Mom & Me Showcase” was a great success!!! So much fun thanks to all of you that came, participated & shared your adorable babies & beautiful pregnant bellies with us!

Yes, there are kinks to iron out,  but just knowing that there are so many of you interested in supporting local, healthy living, eco-friendly & safe products, as well as learning about new ways to achieve that goal, reaffirms that this is a show we would love to put on for you again!

I must give a huge thanks to the Forks Market for accommodating & supporting this event! To EQ3 Furniture for creating our mom’s lounge, to all my wonderful, talented, local manufacturers that participated in the event (AMP Diapers, Colibri Canada, Little Feather Designs, Mama Pacha Herbal Skincare, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, Over The Rainbow, PeaPod Creations, Sew Dandee, Tree Hugger Cloth Pads) Click on their names to go give them a big “LIKE” on their Facebook pages!, as well as the presenters that took the time to come & educate us all! (Fit 4 Two, Tressa Main Health & Life Coach, Birth Roots Doula Collective & Winnipeg Baby Wearers Group). Also, thanks to Dandy Blend for sampling, First Food Organics & Anointment Natural Skincare for all the samples! Of course I must thank my amazing “granola girls” for “owning it” every time they step in our store! I couldn’t do it without them! And most of all to all the lovely people who shop local and support small, independent businesses! I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again; “It is because of you that we are here, and it is because of you that we will stay” Thank you, Thank you!!!

Here are some of the photo’s of the event & some of our prize winners!

 

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Naturally Mom & Me Showcase – Info & Schedule

We are starting the countdown to our first “Naturally Mom & Me Showcase” coming up on Friday, April 24th from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Everyone is getting excited to showcase their products, give us some “wow” presentations and create an enjoyable day for all who attend!

When talking about pregnancy, babies, children & families how can it not be wonderful!

Personally, it’s the highlight of my day when I get to meet a new customer who is expecting, and wanting to ensure that everything they are putting in, on & around their bodies is safe for their unborn child. It is of course a great reason to transition to a more natural way of living, but once my customers are introduced to the products we offer, it becomes a rolling snowball of excitement!  One that will have them wondering why they didn’t do this all sooner! When that same mother returns with their little bundle of bliss, I truly am thrilled for them and want to help in any way I can, with their continued personal healthy living journey now as a family. (Hence the reason for my ever expanding pregnancy & baby section!)

A showcase seemed like a great idea, as there really are so many amazing products from my manufacturers but I just don’t have the room in my little green store to showcase all of them!  I also firmly believe we learn and support each other best as a community, so bringing in some outside resources and experts is a wonderful addition to the event. Not to mention how wonderful it is being able  to put a face to the products we love,  and offer our ongoing support to these fabulous manufacturers!

Here is the presentation schedule:

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[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]10:30 AM Presentation: “Prenatal & Postnatal Q & A” with Fit 4 Two Winnipeg Get all your questions on prenatal and postnatal fitness answered by Natalie Kulzycki, certified pre/postnatal fitness specialist, Fit 4 Two instructor and mom of 2. Fit 4 Two Winnipeg is a pre/postnatal fitness company offering 10 class types and more than 15 locations in Winnipeg. All instructors are certified specialists and make each class mom and baby friendly. [/box]

 

[button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tressa-Main-Health-Life-Coach/418149595012908″ target=”blank” ]Tressa Main Health & Life Coach[/button] [button color=”green” size=”medium” link=”http://manitobaharvest.com” target=”blank” ]Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]12:30 PM Presentation: Tressa Main Health & Life Coach & Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods: Talking about Nutrition during childbearing years, while nursing & for busy mom’s on the go! Tressa will show you easy ways to load up on the nutrients you need for optimal health & energy![/box]

[button color=”green” size=”medium” target=”blank” ]Birth Roots Doula Collective Inc.[/button]

[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]2:00 PM Presentation: Birth Roots Doula Collective Inc. Birth Roots offers a comprehensive range of services for the childbearing year. Providing education, information and support to families in Winnipeg and the surrounding communities. These services include: Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Group and Private Prenatal Class options, Newborn classes, Hypno-Birthing classes, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Birth Pool Rentals and more. Visit our website to see our full range of options.[/box]

 

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[box type=”info” align=”alignleft” ]3:30 PM Presentation: Winnipeg Babywearers Learn the basics of babywearing! We will present an overview of several different styles of carriers available, where you can find them and how to make wearing your baby work on any budget. Also, find out more about what Winnipeg Babywearers group is all about![/box]

 

Manitoba manufacture’s that will be set up at the event are: (Click on name to be taken direct to their website)

Generation Green will also be showcasing some other great products such as:

***There will be lot’s of opportunities to win raffle tickets for our prize giveaways, earn first entry by clicking attending on our event page & then be sure to pick up a passport when you arrive for bonus tickets! You will also earn 5 Tickets for ever $20 you spend at the event! The prize packs are amazing!!! (Check out our facebook event page to see some of them!)

***We will have a lounge area for mom’s that need to feed babies (Furniture/Carpet donated by EQ3), as well as a coloring area for little ones where they will all have a chance to enter the coloring page for a prize draw!