Nutrionists' picks

This article was originally published in December 2016

Marilyn Walls

PCC Nutrition educator Marilyn Walls’ picks

Lotus Forbidden Rice

Lotus Forbidden Rice

This organic, heirloom rice, found packaged and in bulk, supports biodiversity, sustainability and fair trade. The rich dark purple color provides anthocyanins, those same antioxidants found in blueberries that protect heart health and cognitive function. The shiny black rice is a lovely presence on any plate and tastes delicious.

New Chapter Zyflamend Nighttime

New Chapter Zyflamend Nighttime

Is holiday stress disrupting your sleep? These vegetarian capsules contain botanicals that help relaxation and sleep, including holy basil, valerian and hops. Organic turmeric and ginger act as anti-inflammatories. It’s Non-GMO Project Verified.

Nick Rose

PCC Nutrition educator Nick Rose’s picks

Maskal teff flour

Maskal teff flour

Teff is an ancient grain native to Ethiopia. It has more calcium than any other grain and is a great source of fiber and protein. Teff is so tiny it can’t be milled, so it’s always whole-grain. Mix into bread dough or pancake batters for a nutritional boost, or try Nick’s Teff cookies.

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Host Defense Mushroom supplements

Host Defense Mushroom supplements

Renowned mycologist Paul Stamets created these locally produced mushroom supplements that are excellent for supporting our immune systems. Top picks: MyCommunity capsules with a comprehensive blend of 17 medicinal mushrooms, and MycoShield Cinnamon Host Defense throat spray.



In season

Organic Produce

  • Clementine Mandarin oranges — from Johansen Ranch in Orland, Calif.
  • Heirloom navel oranges —from Deer Creek Heights Ranch in Porterville, Calif.
  • Tangerines — from Deer Creek Heights Ranch in Porterville, Calif.
  • Minneola tangelos — from Rucker Farms in Mecca, Calif.
  • Cherimoyas — from Cunningham Ranch in Fallbrook, Calif.

Also in this issue

Soil & Sea: reports from our producers

Learn why "gluten-free" tops the list of labels on menus, what groups of people are more inclined to purchase organics, what's new with the maker of genetically engineered salmon, and more news.

Go nuts for change: co-ops helping co-ops

Two nut producers are growing organic, Fair Trade almonds and cashews for PCC — while driving change in their communities. By purchasing these nuts, we can help accelerate their good work.

Letters to the editor, December 2016

"Good gut advice", PCC's exclusive coffee blends, Titanium dioxide, and more