Events on the Hill: April – June Calendar of Events Available!

Our calendar of events for the months of April – June is now available! Take a look and find an exciting event at Hill Country Market or at the other businesses that share our location, such as: WildRoots Salon & Studio, Turning Leaf Acupuncture, and our sister company, Breezy Hill Nursery. We’d love to have you join us!

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If an event asks you to pre-register, please do so as some events have limited space or require extra preparation to ensure that there are supplies/food/etc. available for you when you attend. Thank you.

(The calendar of events is also available in-store at the register).

See you at HCM!

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February Cheese and Wine of the Month

It’s certainly February with frigid temps and snow storms. Luckily, here in Wisconsin, we know the way to enjoy these rough wintry days. Enjoying a tasty cheese and great bottle of wine is one of our favorite ways to relax in the winter. So, here is Hill Country Market’s pick of cheese and wine for February to help with the winter blues.

February Cheese of the Month:Purple Haze Cheese with Wine

Cypress Grove Purple Haze

If you’re looking for a unique spin on cheese, look no further than Cypress Grove’s Purple Haze cheese. Purple Haze combines flavors of lavender and wild fennel pollen. This award-winning goat cheese packs a flavorful punch and is a delicious addition to a fresh salad with berries and toasted pecans. It’s also a great one to experiment with pairing options and have fun using it to develop unique culinary creations.

February Wine of the Month:

Aquinas Pinot Noir

February Wine of the MonthThis well-balanced Pinot Noir is sure to become a favorite. Aquinas aptly describes their Pinot Noir as having, “aromas of cherry reduction, strawberry, vanilla and subtle clove notes. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine is full of fresh cranberry flavors with intricate notes of raspberry tart and toasted marshmallow,” (www.aquinasnapavalley.com). In other words, this Pinot Noir is pretty much delicious. It’s also a great wine to serve with a variety of dishes. To enjoy some great pairing flavor, try it with dishes that involve fennel, mushroom, fresh veggies, or goat cheese.

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You can find this month’s cheese and wine in-store. Simply look for the wine of the month and cheese of the month labels or feel free to ask one of our employees to point them out.

We hope you are able to take a moment to enjoy a great wine and cheese to scare off any of those winter blues and warm up with some delicious flavor!

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Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Hill Country Market's Homemade SconesThe New Year is always a great time to think about where you may want to make some changes in your life. Today, we teamed up with our neighbors at WildRoots Salon & Studio and Turning Leaf Acupuncture and want to talk a bit about some food for the mind.

All of us at Hill Country Market believe in the importance of eating well and being conscious about where our food comes from and we know many of you do as well. In this series we’ve already talked about how eating fresh and local can make a significant change for how your body feels day-to-day. [Click here for that post].

But we also realize that feeding your mind is just as important. In our society, we’re obsessed with constantly being on the move. We’re always trying to move faster and we’re often told that being busy is a sign of importance and doing hard work.

But the hard work can actually come from feeding our minds in healthy ways to make ourselves the most efficient and uplifting versions of ourselves. So here are some of our tips for taking a breather, and slowing down to improve yourself and make a healthier you.

1. Reading. Whether you read a great piece of fiction to escape to another world or a thought-provoking piece of non-fiction, reading can be a way to relax, refocus, and learn something new. Reading can help force your mind to pull out of all the overwhelming information you may be dealing with. That way, you can return to your work with a refreshed mindset.

2. Doing a breathing exercise or taking a yoga or workout class. We all know that some form of exercise is imperative throughout the week. The difficulty comes in finding the time. When you’re feeling too busy and overwhelmed, there isn’t going to be a moment of, “Ah, now I have time to exercise”, somewhere down the road. You will have to make that time happen. Making the time to exercise and focus on you is important and in the long-term, will make you healthier and more energized. You can then accomplish more of those busy and overwhelming tasks of your day. You may need to remove something of less importance from your schedule or set more boundaries with work or home. By doing so, you can make sure to have a small window each day to focus on you and your mental and physical health.

Bonus Tip: Watch more than two hours of tv a day? The average American watches about four+ hours per day. Try eliminating an hour or two from your tv time to do a breathing exercise in silence somewhere in your home or to exercise. Or have a day or two a week where you don’t turn the tv on at all and focus on you instead.

3. Celebrating fun “holidays”. This is a small and relatively easy one to do. There are many calendars that can be found online that feature not only major holidays, but some of those fun and often wacky national days such as, “National Donut Day” and many, many more. Keep a calendar of those days near your desk and find ways to celebrate them with your coworkers, friends and family, or just for you. They are a good reminder to have some fun in life. Remember, you only get to live each day once. Finding something small like this can keep your fun-side and positivity a priority each day.

Here is one of those sites —-> http://www.holidayscalendar.com/holidays/weird/

4. Have a European style meal. Setting aside more time to eat and do so in an enjoyable way can be a big deal for your mental and physical health. Spend time sitting with friends and family and chatting. Or take time for yourself at a meal and give yourself more time to enjoy your meal. Try eating in smaller portions and spread them out over a longer meal time. When we eat quickly, we often eat more since our body and mind don’t have enough time to register how much we’re eating. Eating slower gives your body and mind time to digest the food and register that you are full. You’ll often find yourself eating less, but actually feeling full. Another variant of that is to eat in the reverse order of our common culture. Often, we eat a small or no breakfast, a decent lunch, and a large dinner. But your metabolism slows as the day wears on. Try reversing that schedule. Make time to eat a larger breakfast, (which will kick-start your metabolism), eat a decent sized lunch, and then a smaller dinner when you get home.

5. Spending time in nature. Spending time outdoors can help you refocus on bigger things and relieve you of a bit of stress. It also gives you a visual break if most of your day-to-day schedule involves being in an office or working from home. Combine the great outdoors with some of the above mental and physical health tips and you’ll be in a great place.

We hope these tips help as you pursue your New Year’s Resolutions. If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

 

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Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Cuban Cuisine: Black Beans SoupLooking for a tasty, health-conscious recipe to enjoy this year? Check out this black bean soup recipe.

Nutrition and Vitamins: Iron, Potassium (15% daily value), Vitamin C (15% daily value), and Folate (22% daily value)

 

Black Bean Soup – approx. 4 servings

1 tbsp canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

2 cans (15 oz) of black beans, rinsed

3 cups of water

1/2 cup prepared salsa

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp lime juice

Optional garnish:

4 tbsp reduced-fat sour cream

2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook about 2-3 minutes, stirring often until the onion begins to soften. Add chili powder and cumin. Stir for 1 more minute. Then add beans, water, salsa and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove soup from the heat and stir in lime juice.

Next, transfer half of the soup to a blender and puree, (Please remember use caution when pureeing hot liquids). Stir the puree back into the saucepan.

Add optional garnish of sour cream and cilantro and enjoy!

If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

 

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Did you like this recipe? Have a recipe you’d like to share? Leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you.

Fresh Start: “Making a Change”, Interview with Turning Leaf Acupuncture

Steine am WasserAre you ready to make a change?

To continue our series, “Fresh Start”,  featuring helpful New Year’s resolution tips , we sat down with Turning Leaf Acupuncture’s, Samantha Parfrey, to discuss health of the mind and body. Turning Leaf Acupuncture, run by acupuncturist Samantha Parfrey, is located within WildRoots Salon & Studio right next to Hill Country Market. Samantha had many brilliant tips not only for the body, but for the mind vs. body interaction.

Here are some highlights from the interview that we found very beneficial to helping you develop a strong start to your New Year resolutions.

Hill Country Market: What do you feel are sort of the “stepping-stones” to building better habits or taking initiative on New Year resolutions? If it helps, what are some things you recommend to clients?

 Samantha: I first ask clients if they are ready to make a change. Often, just acknowledging that change needs to happen is the first step. Then, we do a full health intake of mind and body to better understand where changes need to happen. We evaluate your strengths and weaknesses to form a powerful plan.

And of course, the next step is to make a plan of action. The worst thing you can do when you’re ready to make a change is to make a list of all the things [to change] and try to do them all at once. Instead, create a manageable plan. Making smaller, manageable changes daily instead of overwhelming yourself can mean all the difference in succeeding at your goals. Asking an expert or a close friend to guide you and hold you accountable to that plan can be a huge help. Make sure it’s someone who will hold you accountable, but not make you feel guilty or shamed. We tend to do enough of that to ourselves already. It’s important to seek guidance from someone who will encourage you along the way.

Hill Country Market: What is the importance between connecting mind and body when trying to make a change?

Samantha: Here at Turning Leaf and in the Salon & Studio, we often run by the motto, “Where your mind goes, your body follows”, and it’s entirely true. Whenever you are looking to make a change for your body, having a great mind-body connection makes all the difference. Often, you need to first be consciously aware and thinking of those bad habits you need to change. Think strongly on how to change them and begin to change your mindset for the better; thinking in a more positive and practical light on how to make those changes. Then, your body will be able to follow.

Also, keep in mind, it takes twenty-one days to break a habit or form a new one. If you can get through twenty-one days in strong form and with a great foundation, it can be the perfect stepping stone for achieving your plan for the long-term.

Hill Country Market: What are some recommendations you have specifically for food and the body?

Samantha: I definitely recommend eating for the season. Eating foods that work well with the current environment and season you are in can really benefit you. For example, in the winter, eating more fresh root crops, (especially if you can find locally grown), is great. Another tip for the winter would be to eat more warm foods and soups that will help nourish you and give you energy.

Along with that, getting in the habit of buying fresh as often as you can will make a world of difference. Having more fresh foods with fewer preservatives can help keep you feeling great both physically and mentally. This can often be a challenge and not necessarily because there aren’t places to get fresh food, but because it cam be difficult to get in the mindset of eating fresh. We’re often bombarded with advertisements asking us to do otherwise. One tip is to look at healthy or fresh eating cookbooks or boards on Pinterest for recipes utilizing fresh eating. Doing so can help get you in the mindset of eating fresh. If you see healthy foods and recipes that truly look and sound delicious, it can help trigger ideas and put you in the mood to try more fresh ingredient based recipes and foods.

Another tip that ties in with the plan of action we were talking about earlier is analyzing how you reward yourself after accomplishing part of your plan. Rewarding yourself after doing something good for your body is great, but if you commonly reward yourself with sweets or alcohol, I’d say to try something different. Either try a new food or recipe that tastes just as rewarding, but is a much healthier option or find alternative ways to make your favorite treat a bit healthier. Some other forms of rewards could be: going to a class such as a yoga class, enjoying an evening with friends laughing and relaxing or going to a unique event together, letting yourself have a pampering at a salon, and of course, acupuncture can be a great reward. Acupuncture not only helps you relax, but it’s also a great way to connect the mind and the body more deeply.

We hope this interview provided you with some more tips and insights for the New Year. If you have some of your own tips, ideas, or healthy eating recipes you’d like to share, simply make a comment on this post and we may share your response here on our blog and throughout Facebook, Twitter, and more!

If you are looking for guided help to accomplish your goals for the New Year, Turning Leaf Acupuncture and WildRoots Salon & Studio have many programs and expertise focused around life style change and weight management. You can call the salon and studio at 262.586.0199 for more information or click the links below to view their websites. And of course, you can always contact Turning Leaf Acupuncture or WildRoots Salon & Studio for general information regarding getting a healthy start and making changes for the New Year.

Turning Leaf Acupuncture —-> http://turningleafacu.com/

WildRoots Salon & Studio —-> http://www.wildrootssalem.com/#!/pageHome

If you’d like to read our other “Fresh Start” posts they are listed below:

Fresh Start: New Year’s Resolutions

Fresh Start: Nutritious Black Bean Soup Recipe

Fresh Start: Food for the Mind

Fresh Start: Care for Your Body

Fresh Start: Salsa-Braised Kale Recipe

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