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You take your wellness seriously, so we listen to your needs every day. Over the years this give and take has led to the most finely-tuned wellness department imaginable. We offer a wide variety of bodycare, vitamins, supplements, and natural, herbal and holistic remedies: all cruelty-free, all the time, no exceptions. Hey, doesn’t that make you feel good already?

Our knowledgeable team is here to help you find just what you need, but remember, we’re not doctors, so please seek professional advice before deciding to follow alternative therapies.

Local Vendor Spotlight: The Natural Citizen

The Natural Citizen founders, Angela and Nadia, share the scoop on their nutritious smoothie add-ins.

1. What led you to start your business?

ANGELA: We believe in honest-to-goodness wellness, and that's why we set out to create a transparent, real-food nutrition company that is a force for good. I have been a plant protein smoothie drinker for several years, so when I got pregnant, I started to question the quality of the ingredients that I was adding to my smoothie. I called up Nadia, who is a regulatory lawyer and quality expert, and together we went through everything on the shelf. Nothing was exactly what we were looking for, which were just super clean, incredibly simple and high-quality smoothie add-ins that deliver a functional benefit.

NADIA: That's when we went to work formulating our own blends. From our experience in the natural food industry, we knew that the fewer ingredients we used, the more attention we could give to the quality and sourcing of our ingredients. Angela and I spent tons of time doing research, working with different ingredients and formulating blends in our kitchens. We wanted a product line that we could use personally, but also feel confident recommending to our friends and family. After hundreds of hours developing these products to meet our extremely high quality standards, I am proud to say that I use them daily and my friends and family have become huge fans of the line as well.

2. What kind of ingredients do you use?

NADIA: We use only real food ingredients, and each ingredient that we selected serves a unique purpose in its formulation. For example, our Organic Digest, which supports digestion and regularity, offers 5 grams of fiber, which is a balanced blend of both soluble and insoluble fibers. Plus, you get omega fatty acids from the chia seeds, prebiotics from the Jerusalem Artichoke to help nourish your naturally-occurring probiotics, and the soothing effects of Aloe vera. You get all of this in only four ingredients that work together to nourish the digestive tract.

Additionally, we selected very nutrient-rich plants that you won't find in the produce section, some might call these "superfoods." Our Organic Greens is the perfect example. This blend combines the best of the land and sea with moringa leaf, spirulina, alfalfa and barley. All four of these super green ingredients brings a unique nutritional profile to the formulation, and when combined, you get a nutrient-rich boost. Our Organic Greens has 30% of your daily value of iron plus 120% of your daily value of Vitamin B12 - and it's all from plants!

ANGELA: I think it's also important to point out that we know where our ingredients comes from. This is extremely important to us, and that's why as often as possible we source directly from the farm. We pay incredibly close attention to our supply chain and conduct rigorous quality testing before and after production, making sure that all of our ingredients surpass our quality standards.

3. What is different about your product as opposed to other smoothie ad-ins on the market?

ANGELA: First, we offer something very unique. The other add-ins on the market are either single "superfood" ingredients, or they are blends with a laundry list of ingredients. Unfortunately the ingredients on that laundry list tend to be there for flavor or marketing purposes and do very little for your health. We formulated our add-ins by selecting only four ingredients per blend, and each ingredient serves a very specific purpose. All four ingredients work together to deliver the functional benefit. We really believe that less is more, and with our blends you get fewer, but better ingredients and none of the unneccessary "extras."

NADIA: Additionally, our quality is the best of the best. By limiting the number of ingredients to only four, we are able to test the ingredients multiple times throughout the supply chain. Plus, all of our blends are certified organic, certified gluten free, certified vegan, and manufactured in an allergen-free facility in the USA. Very few of the other add-ins on the market can make all of those claims about quality.

4. What are some of your favorite things about Wheatsville?

NADIA: As a member of the co-op, I love the sense of community and how it supports local businesses. I also love the smoothie bar where you can find our blends as add-ins! Wheatsville has some of the best smoothies in town.

ANGELA: I love that I can find my favorite local brands all in one place! Additionally, working with Wheatsville has been amazing. The company is incredibly supportive of our business and we truly feel like it's a partnership.

5. Do you have a favorite/cool tips or recipes?

ANGELA: A lot of our fans use our blends for smoothies, but since they are unflavored and unsweetened they are so versatile. You can use them in oatmeal, overnight oats, stir them into yogurt, add to pancake batter - the possibilities are endless.

Now, as the temperature has dropped in Austin, a lot of people might not find a cold smoothie appealing, so I suggest making a warm smoothie!
You simply heat your almond milk on the stove or in the microwave and add to your blender. Warm liquids will create steam, so start your blender on low and vent often. Here's an easy recipe that is absolutely delicious:

Apple Pie Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 raw apple, cored
1 serving The Natural Citizen Organic Digest
1 serving The Natural Citizen Organic Protein
1 tbsp. cinnamon
Sweeten to taste with honey (optional)

Combine the milk and the oats in the blender and let them soak for a couple minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend.

NADIA: When we do events, we make a simple PBJ&Greens smoothie that people love, they often ask us for the recipe. This is such an easy way to start making green smoothies if you don't already make them at home, and you can mix and match and use any of our blends in it!


1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen berries
1 heaping tbsp. peanut butter or nut butter
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 serving The Natural Citizen Organic Protein
1 serving The Natural Citizen Organic Greens (or 2 handfuls of spinach)

Add all ingredients to blender, and blend to desired consistency. Enjoy!


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repeat

As a co-op grocer, one of our guiding principles, Principle #7, is Concern for Community. For us, it’s important for us to find ways to recycle and divert as much of our reclaimable resources as we can in order to help create a more sustainable store and city.  Break it Down, a local recycling operation started in 2009 by Jeff Paine and Melanie MacFarlane, has helped us achieve our goals for many years. They have a 99% recycled rate and accept and sort plastic, glass, cardboard, paper, and inedible food scraps from local businesses, offices, condos and homes.

Reclaimed Resources for BOTH stores:

  • PLASTIC, GLASS + OTHER: approx 8 tons/month

  • CARDBOARD: approx. 20 tons/month

“Bales are delivered to a paper mill just outside of Dallas. There the boxes are pulverized and reformed into long spools of cardboard. Those spools are shipped to a plant in California that cuts and prints the recycled cardboard to fill custom box orders. The boxes can then be shipped to businesses all across the country.” - Break it Down

Allen Schroeder from Break it Down picking up recycled cardboard bales.

  • COMPOST  approx. 15 tons per month

Break It Down partners with Organics By Gosh, a composting facility on East MLK. After grinding and curing, the finished compost is bagged and sold at retailers. Just look for the Organics By Gosh name on the bag and know that a tiny bit of your co-op is in there!

Compost drums are emptied, readied for curing. Photo courtesy of Allen Schroeder

  • FOOD RECOVERY: approx 4,000 lbs. per month

In addition to diverting tons of resources for the waste stream, we also contribute to food recovery efforts. Alan Shroeder, our Food Recovery Coordinator , connects edible fresh foods with people that need it. On a weekly basis, we donate upwards of 1,000 pounds of fresh fruits, veggies, bread, and dairy to local community organizations around the city, including Blackland Community Center and South Austin Community Center. Alan started his food recovery efforts in 2008 and received a grant from Bread for the Journey to help get him started.

Recovered food ready for distribution. Allen Schroeder


Local Vendor Spotlight: fitppl

fitppl was launched in late 2015 and proudly homegrown in Austin, Texas. Their mission is to create clean, sustainable products to help busy people stay fitppl. They only use simple, wholesome ingredients in their products; nothing artificial. They are environmentally conscious thinkers continually seeking packaging and materials to reduce their plastic footprint. This was ingrained in Their philosophy from the beginning, and they will continue with this commitment.

We spoke wih fitppl founder, Patrick Schecht, and he graciously answered a few questions for us.

1. Why did you decide to start fitppl?

The initial idea for fitppl was born in August of 2012, while I was working at an Austin-based start-up. They offered great perks in the micro-kitchen, with snacks and food, but most were processed and devoid of nutrients. I've always lived a health-conscious lifestyle and wanted an option to keep me from eating those sugary and fat-laden snacks. I asked the office manager to bring in a protein powder for the kitchen to make smoothies. She brought in a generic, dairy-based protein with flashy graphics and a laundry list of ingredients that you couldn't pronounce. People I spoke with wanted to make healthy choices, but they really needed simplicity to balance out their busy lifestyles. That's when I had my “A-ha” moment and said to myself, “there needs to be clean, simple products to help busy people stay fit people”. That's where the idea was born and I got to work from there. After three years of research and hard work, fitppl was finally launched!

2. Why did you choose the packaging you use?

As I was developing the product-line and business philosophy for fitppl, I wanted the company to have an underlying social cause. It was important to me that the company have a genuine soul and purpose. This initially came to me in October of 2013, while I was in Thailand swimming in Maya Bay. The water was so blue and beautiful, yet there was horrible plastic litter floating everywhere. I did some research and learned about the catastrophic plastic pollution problem plaguing our oceans. As I did more research, I learned about the pitfalls of our recycling programs as well as biodegradable plastic initiatives. In spite of all that, there persists an overall marketing strategy with most companies which supports a throw-away mentally. I found that I was so under-informed about the situation…and knew I wasn't the only one. That's when the “Ditch the Plastic” campaign was created. The campaign’s purpose is to educate people that any packaging discarded doesn't just go away or get automatically get recycled. Reducing demand and reusing is the key. This is why we chose to use kraft-paper pouches instead of bulky plastic containers and each bag of protein and superfood includes a reusable wooden scoop.

3. What are the advantages of your plant proteins and superfood?

We kept the ingredients clean and simple for each product. No other ingredients, "natural flavors" or stevia. Even without all the artificial stuff, our organic plant proteins are smooth and delicious! They offer 16 grams of organic, raw protein with a complete amino acid profile, and come is 2 great flavors: Vanilla-Goji and Cocoa-Blueberry. Our organic green and red superfood is packed with superfood fruits, cereal grasses plus fresh and salt water algae. They deliver chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients. Our green and red superfood is unique and tangy! You can mix each product with just water, add to your favorite smoothie or include in recipes. They all include a reusable wooden scoop!

4. Anything new in the works?

Lots of awesome things in the works...Stay tuned!

5. What are your favorite things about Wheatsville Co-op?

Wheatsville Co-op is a staple in Austin. Growing up here, I can remember my Dad bringing me in anytime we were on Guadalupe. Wheatsville has so much heart and soul. Their sense of community is amazing. Everyone there is so friendly and supportive. Cody really believed in our philosophy and gave us our first shot as a new company…something I'll never forget. Wheatsville is the ideal fit for fitppl and I couldn't be happier having Wheatsville as our premiere store.

Cody Atkins' Superfood Smoothie Recipe

1 serving of Fitppl Vanilla and Goji Superfood Protein
12 oz Pacific Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
1 sliced and frozen banana
¼ cup Woodstock frozen Dark Sweet Cherries (about 5)
¼ cup Woodstock frozen Blueberries
¼ tsp. Frontier Vanilla Extract (optional)

Combine all ingredients in blender jar. Pulse until a smooth consistency is achieved.


Wheatsville’s Signature Brine

 Brining Turkey

To guarantee a moist and flavorful turkey, use a brine. Wheatsville’s signature brine mix features the usual salt and sugar but also has a cornucopia of other seasonings including a dash of candied ginger! Packaged in reusable mason jars, just add your own liquid and your chosen bird. You can use fruit juice (apple works just fine), broth, or water. With this pre-mixed brine, it’s very easy to prepare the star of your Thanksgiving dinner! We have this brine featured alongside our other turkey accessories, in close proximity to the meat market.

How to Use Wheatsville’s Signature Brine

You will need:
1 12 oz jar of Wheatsville Turkey & Poultry Brine Mix
1 gallon brining liquid of choice (water, vegetable stock, or fruit juice, such as apple)
1 gallon of heavily iced water
1 turkey (14-16 lb) 1 brining container or bag

Bring the gallon of brining liquid to a boil in large stockpot. Empty jar of Wheatsville Brine with the boiling liquid, stirring to dissolve solids. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to use. Ensure brining liquid is chilled before the next steps.

Place thawed turkey and gallon of iced water into a brining container or bag with chilled brine mixture. Keep chilled in refrigerator or place in a cooler with plenty of ice for 12-24 hours. Turkey can be rinsed in cold water before roasting.


Maintaining Your Memory

The start of the school year reminds me of the importance of pursuing a lifetime of learning. Paramount to learning is the ability to store and recall information. However, as we get older these abilities diminish to some extent. Luckily there are a few items in the Wellness department that can support cognitive function. Here are a couple:

Bacopa is an Ayurvedic Herb that has been used in Ayurveda to enhance memory, learning and concentration. I also helps mitigate the effects of stress by balancing dopamine and serotonin while reducing cortisol.

DHA is an essential fatty acid that is crucial to brain function. Supplementation of DHA has been found to support memory, mood, and brain functions affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. DHA can be found in ocean-sourced omega 3 supplements (fish or algae) and in wild caught salmon and other saltwater fish.


Keepin’ It Clean with Silver Botanicals

Silver has long been recognized for its antimicrobial properties, effective in killing viruses, bacteria, molds, and fungi. Prior to the development of modern antibiotics in the 1940s, physicians used medicine containing silver for the treatment of colds and infections and even had silver sutures. Additionally, soldiers used silver leaf in the field during WWI to treat infected wounds. Even in ancient Greece, Hippocrates wrote about silver usage for wound care!

However, silver also has disinfecting uses outside of treating illness and wounds. Locally-owned Silver Botanicals has several safe, all-natural, and effective products for keeping your spaces and yourself clean  using the power of colloidal silver and essential oils.

Their Silver Shield Sanitizer is great for household surfaces in the kitchen, bath, and laundry hamper. It deodorizes as well as disinfects quickly, safely, and leaves an invisible silver shield that continues to work long after you’ve spritzed your surfaces.

Silver Botanicals also has a few personal care items such as their Silver Tongue Oral Disinfectant, an alcohol-free disinfecting oral rinse which is great for beating back bad breath and fighting germs associated with gum and tooth disease. Because there’s no alcohol, there’s no burning and the essential oils along with the xylitol work synergistically with the colloidal silver to support optimal oral health.

There is also their foot spray, Silver Foot Shield, which is a long-lasting shield against odor-causing bacteria and fungus. It is intended to be used directly on the feet but it is also effective inside footwear. It is perfect for anyone spending time outside in these hot summer months!

Perhaps the most popular products from Silver Botanicals here at Wheatsville are their Silver Shield Deodorants. We offer their roll-on and spray applications in both an original and sensitive skin formula. Both contain nano-silver particles along with aloe vera and baking soda to keep you odor-free even when under high stress or physical exertion!

All Silver Botanicals are on Co+op Deal for 25% OFF during July & August! It’s a great time to try any of these locally produced, highly effective, safe products.


The 411 on Wheatsville Brand Supplements

Here in the Wellness Department, we frequently get asked about our house-brand supplements. Who makes them? Where do the ingredients come from? Are they actually any good? Even before the recent exposé on the private-label supplements offered by several nationally-recognized companies, these were really good questions.

To start, our supplements are made by Reliance, a privately held company that has been producing supplements since 1978. Located in Edison, NJ, Reliance has a new start-of-the-art facility that is LEED certified and contains Class 10,000 clean rooms which exceed the industry standards for both air quality and humidity control, both of which are vital to preserve the potency of ingredients. To achieve this quality, the Reliance facility utilizes a MERV air filtration system to produce clean air. The system uses no hydro chlorofluorocarbons so it significantly reduces their ecologic footprint.

The innovators at Reliance were some of the first to be able to offer private-label products and formulations in many categories including shelf-stable probiotics, vegetarian DHA, and liquid herbal extracts. Their Aller 7 Support product, formulated for allergy relief, won a Vity Award for Best Natural Allergy formula from Vitamin Retailer, a trade publication.

Reliance’s team of PhD.s and nutritionists source both raw and patented ingredients for their products and formulations from all over the globe. All ingredients are third party tested by independent laboratories for purity. You can even go on their website, to fi,nd the results of these tests. Additionally, Reliance fully discloses all ingredient suppliers and is certified GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant from both the NSA and NPA. The company is also actively involved in legislative and regulatory organizations that serve to promote and protect the natural products industry.

It is our hope that, no matter what type of product you choose to purchase from Wheatsville, your decision is one that you feel educated and good about. This overview is brief; if you have any questions that aren’t covered here, feel free to ask any member of the Wellness staff!


Resolution Support & Superfood Smoothies

If your New Year’s resolution is to eat better, to be more active, to lose weight, or to have more energy, then you may want to start incorporating smoothies into your daily diet. Smoothies are a versatile and delicious way to boost your nutritional intake. Whatever your specific nutritional goal or need is, our full selection of smoothies and drink mixes can help you achieve it! Here’s a few of our popular smoothie products available in the Wellness Department:

Health Force Vitamineral Greens*

Formulated by Dr. Jameth Sheridan, this superfood blend of greens from the earth and ocean is raw, vegan, and goes a step beyond organic to be tested 100% free of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, irradiation, and GMOs. Not content with standard USDA Organic testing, Health Force calls products that meet this standard TruGanictm. Beyond these great qualities is a product that has been pulverized to the point that is dissolvable in liquid without the scratchy fibrous qualities found in many green foods products. This item is both a staff and customer favorite.

Plant Fusion Plant-based Protein*

This plant-sourced blend of proteins is perfect if you are looking to add some protein to your diet. Each serving contains 21 grams of protein while adding only 120 calories to your shake. The protein blend comes from organic sprouted quinoa, organic sprouted amaranth, yellow peas, and artichoke. And while you will find enzymes for digestibility and branch chain amino acids (BCAAs) for muscle recovery, you won’t find any GMOs, gluten, soy, or dairy in this product!

SFH (Stronger Faster Healthier) Whey Protein
SFH has a premium line of whey protein that is derived from A2 milk. A2 milk differs genetically from A1 milk. Most milk sold in grocery stores is either A1 or a combination of A1/A2 milk. Research hasn’t been conclusive but many believe that A2 milk is easier to digest due to the type of beta-casein, which constitutes 30% of milk’s protein, it contains. Coincidentally, milk from goats also contains the A2 beta-casein but unlike goat’s milk, A2 cow’s milk does not have a goat’s milk-like taste.

Weight Loss
Garden of Life RAW Fit

RAW Fit is a certified USDA Organic, raw, plant-based, vegan shake that is formulated with weight loss in mind. In addition to 28 grams of protein, RAW Fit also contains green coffee bean extract, chromium, and cinnamon to support healthy blood-sugar levels. Ashwagandha is an ingredient in RAW FIT which can help reduce stress related cravings. There is also a healthy dose of soluble and insoluble fiber to help keep you feeling full. To top it all off RAW Fit contains probiotics and enzymes to support a healthy digestion that can make the most of the nutrition you put into it.

Total Nutrition
Vega One

Vega One is formulated by former professional triathelete and two time Canadian 50km Ultra Marathon Champion, Brendan Brazier. With total nutrition in mind, Vega One can cover a lot of your dietary needs. Each serving contains 17 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, almost 7 grams of omegas, 1.5 grams of greens, 1 gram of Maca, 200 mg of antioxidants, 300 mg of enzymes, 1 billion probiotics, and 50% of your daily vitamin and mineral needs. Vega one is a great way to bolster your daily nutritional intake and just like Brendan Brazier, Vega One is vegan.

*Available as a smoothie add-on in the Deli

From chia seeds, to flax seed oil, to local bee pollen, to fiber powders, and superfoods, we have a full spectrum of items for vegans and omnivores alike. Stop in and ask one of the helpful Wellness staff members and we’d be happy to show you a product just right for your needs!

For most of us, the New Year brings resolutions to take better care of ourselves. The Wheatsville Deli offers a wide range of healthy and delicious smoothie options to help you with your health and wellness goals.

Superfood Smoothies
By Lisa Weems, Deli Coordinator

We start our custom smoothies with a base of banana (an excellent source of vitamin B6 that also contains vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber) and add your choice of apple, orange juice, or soy, rice, almond, coconut, or cow milk. We then blend in your choice of fruits—strawberries, pineapple, peaches, mango, blueberries, and/or raspberries, as many or as few as you like! Add in any of our extras for a small additional charge, from yogurt or nut butters for a tasty protein boost, to omega-3 powerhouses chia seed or flaxmeal, to plant- based nutritional supplement powders. You could create a custom smoothie every day of 2015 and never drink the same one twice!

We revamped our smoothie menu a few years back to incorporate an even broader range of ingredients, specifically vegetables. Our January Resolution Smoothie is a nutrient-rich treat that starts with our housemade Gingerade, a perfectly spiced fresh ginger infusion mixed with citrus juices. We blend this tasty brew with banana, spinach, cucumber, and carrot—perfect for a healthy breakfast or post-workout replenishment.  We are happy to add the veggie of your choice to your smoothie—just ask your friendly deli counter clerk what is available! Happy new year! Here’s to a healthy and smoothie-filled 2015!

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