It is now common knowledge that stress plays a large role in a person’s well being. Now that March/tax season is fast approaching, many of us are undoubtedly feeling our normal level of stress increase even just a little bit.

We would like to remind you to make efforts towards managing your stress level and lowering it to a healthy level. Here are five quick ways to stay cool, calm and collected during the most stressful season of the year!

1. Find Your De-stressing Position: Many times, what causes stress is our Sympathetic Nervous System taking control and not allowing our Parasympathetic Nervous System to take over to calm us down. This can result in increased stress, anxiety, and nightmares. According to this article in the Huffington Post, laying on our backs with our legs parallel against the wall (90 degree angle) is a position that greatly stimulates the Parasympathetic Nervous System. Laying in this position and taking deep breaths will help calm you down at the end of any hectic day.

2. Take a break and eat a healthy snack: Often times during a stressful day, we forget to take a few minutes to adequately nourish our bodies. Energy comes from the consumption of quality foods and taking a snack break also provides a few minutes of “do nothing” time where we are not expected to perform, perform, perform. Some of our recommended snacks are almonds (high in healthy fats), carrot sticks (high in betacarotene), and yogurt (a good source of healthy dairy).

3. Take an active class at least once a week: Optimally, we would all have time for at least an hour of active activity a day. And no – we don’t mean walking back and forth around the office. Physical classes provide us the opportunity to be active in a stimulating and engaging way. For high cardio activity, try a local spin class. For something a little more fun and interactive, try a zumba or aerobics class.

4. Go to Your Happy Place: We all have different places that we find invigoratingly peaceful – may it be the ocean, or the mountains, or simply our backyard. Wherever it may be, be sure to visit this calming place at least once every other week and spend some time centering yourself. This practice, over time, becomes surprisingly effective in helping us manage the million things we juggle in our daily lives away from our favorite place.

We hope that this provides you some easy ideas for stress management – and we would love to hear your feedback regarding stress and how you deal!

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We have recently caught up with Amie Valpone, a personal chef and culinary specialist who is also the Editor-in-Chief of We connected with her at last year’s Expo West convention and were delighted to learn about her “clean” recipes that are gluten-free and dairy-free friendly. Amie is greatly passionate and dedicated to her philosophy of “clean” foods and has been featured in numerous publications including Huffington Post, Clean Eating Magazine and Martha Stewart just to name a few.

Amie loved our MicroSalads and we are delighted to have had the chance to chat with her about her organization, and our MicroSalads. Stay tuned for Amie’s contest featuring our Micro Salads coming soon!

What inspired you to start
Getting sick- I was so sick for so long and food was what was killing me. Removing gluten, dairy, soy and sugar has saved my life and made me feel so much better!

What do you hope for the site to ultimately provide for your subscribers?
To heal them and help them feel good about eating real food instead of processed foods!

What is your favorite thing about your job as founder of TheHealthyApple and being a professional chef?
Helping people and meeting amazing people everyday who tell me that I am an inspiration to them. I just want to help people realize that food is medicine and really does heal!

When did you discover Organic America/Micro Salads and what was your first impression?
Last year at Expo West and I was in love the second I laid eyes on them!

As a culinary professional, would you recommend Micro Salad products to be used by others in their cooking?
Yes of course; they’re wonderful with salads, vegetables and lean proteins!

Which Micro Salad, that you have tried, is your favorite kind?
I love them all; it’s too hard to choose just one!

In your opinion, what is the best thing about Micro Salads (flavor, nutrients, affordability, etc.)?
Flavor is the best part and they are SO fun to use. My clients love seeing them on their food; they look so pretty and make people want to eat more veggies!

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Today, February 10th, marks the Chinese New Year celebration of 2013. We here at Organic America would like to wish you a healthy and very prosperous new year with lots of good luck coming your way.

2013 is the year of the Snake – which according to the Chinese culture website, is the most independent, insightful, refined, enigmatic and intuitive of all the 12 Chinese animal signs. Old Chinese tradition tells that if you are blessed to have someone in your family born in the Year of the Snake, that the family will never have to worry about starving.

Since the color of the 2013 snake is “black”, we should all expect unexpected changes to come our way. Experts advise to remember to plan all things ahead of time to be prepared for these changes to ensure for a successful year.

We would love to know how you are all celebrating to bring in the new Chinese year! Tweet us your plans at @organic_america.
Warm Regards,
The Organic America Team


We are very excited to announce that Organic America has recently become an official member of the Produce Marketing Association. This global organization is made up of the world’s leading produce and food suppliers. With values that are engrained from principles of good character, community, and courage, PMA also heads the annual food convention known as Fresh Summit.


This is a great milestone in our journey and we are hopeful to bring you more great news as 2013 continues on. Thank you now, and always for your support. Live large, eat small.


1. Salmon: This kind is often considered the superstar of the ocean in terms of nutrition and overall benefits to our health.  According to Dr. Sears, salmon features the highest amount of omega 3 fatty acids per gram. Omega 3 is by far the most valuable nutrient found in the fish group and salmon packs an impressive amount. It promotes heart health and has even been proven to maintain eye health.

Easy way to prepare salmon: Lightly season with an italian herb medley. Add salt, pepper, and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Place in oven at 400 degrees for 18 minutes (or until cooked thoroughly). Plate it with a serving of brown rice and vegetables for a heart healthy meal!
2. Cod: Though this type of fish does not boast an extreme amount of Omega 3 fats (.5 grams/6 oz serving), it still is a great source of healthy protein, and is also quite low in mercury. One of the best things about cod is how versatile it is – and can be prepared in a variety of different ways.

Here is our suggestion: In a small bowl, mix together half a teaspoon of sesame oil, half a teaspoon of crushed garlic, a few drops of rice vinegar, and 4 teaspoons of soy sauce. Mix well, then use to marinate cod filet for 1 hour. Lastly, sautee for 4-5 minutes on each side. Serve and enjoy!
3. Tilapia: Surprisingly, this group features high protein, vitamin B12, as well as selenium (according to Nutrition Data). It is also on the lower side of sodium so you can enjoy without having to stay conscious about that.

We like this recipe: In a pan, sautee 1 tsp of butter with chopped garlic until the garlic is almost golden in color. Toss in tilapia fillet, lightly dash with salt and pepper and sprinkle with some parsley flakes. Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until thoroughly cooked. Serve and enjoy your garlic herb tilapia!


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We all share responsibility in caring for our beautiful planet. At Organic America, it’s how we do business.