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.

>La Croix Sparkling Water” />
<p><strong>La Croix Sparkling Water (12-pack cans)</strong></p>
<p>Stock up on this sugar-free soda alternative for your holiday guests. More than half the sugar intake in the United States comes from sugar-sweetened beverages, so most people need help cutting back on soda. Visit <a for mocktail/cocktail recipes using these flavored sparkling waters.

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.

Related Reading

Tips to reduce sugar in baking

Sugar can be reduced by about a third without seeing many negative consequences, although the difference will be noticeable. Learn when it's ok to cut sugar, special notes and exceptions, sugar substitutes, and how sugar affects moisture, shelf life, crispness and other qualities.

PCC Board of Trustees report, December 2016

Apply to be a Trustee with PCC Natural Markets, Get to know your trustees, Board report, and more

Are whole grains the secret to living longer?

People who eat whole grains regularly are some of the healthiest and longest living people on the planet. Why?