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JANUARY 2022 This month, we’re focusing on health and wellness. “To keep the body in good health is a duty … otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear.” —Buddha

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DEPARTMENTS Keep your lips deliciously supple this season.

16 — Star Studded The Chamber of Commerce Award Gala highlights Woodbury’s greatest.

18 — Revolutionary Music Education

FEATURES 24 — Grain Elevators Add a touch of history and new flavor profiles to your menus.

28 — Level Up Work on your home to work from home.

Academy of Prince impacts generations to come.

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20 — The Year of Self-Care

42 — The Value of Veganism

Small resolutions lead the pack when it comes to changes in the new year.

Plant-based diets are growing in popularity due to overwhelming benefits.

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6 — Editor’s Letter 9 — Noteworthy 35 — On the Town 40 — Gallery 48 — Last Glance

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FROM THE EDITOR Hailey Almsted, woodburymag@tigeroak.com

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he last few months have been spent preparing for holiday meals, family and friendly get-togethers and hosting an array of guests for the special season. But in this health and wellness issue of Woodbury Magazine, we’re switching the narrative and focusing on our own self-care and well-being. Self-care begins with focusing on how you can better yourself emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually—a practice I first learned during my time at the University of Minnesota. Although my degree is in journalism, I took several courses on public health, including multiple classes at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing. So, I spoke with mindfulness and well-being program instructor Mariann Johnson about self-care practices and how to better ourselves in the new year. She says, “At the center, we think that self-care really means understanding that we are human beings … and our health is being impacted by so many facets … Selfcare means pausing, and January is a great time to do that.” Flip to page 20 for Johnson’s tips on practicing self-care (and a rapid-fire Q&A!). Also in this issue of Woodbury Magazine, we’re chatting healthier eating. On page 24, managing creative director Renée Stewart-Hester interviews the Oldways Whole Grains Council program director Caroline Sluyter about different grains— quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat included. And on page 42, I talk with lifestyle blogger Kelly Zugay about the benefits of the vegan diet. My sister and Woodbury High School alumna Ashley Almsted is vegan, and so I also share a few family recipes (contributed by my stepfather, Patrick Miehle) that are sure to make you hungry for more. Cheers to the New Year, readers! I’ll see you next month.

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NOTEWORTHY local tips, tidbits & insights

BIGGER AND BETTER School expansion includes multiple learning and gathering areas.

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a K–8 nonprofit charter school, is extending its perimeter by adding a second building that bridges with the original. The expansion will be home to a two-story gymnasium, a theater and stage, communal gathering areas and multiple science labs, to name just a few of its additions. Mandi Folks, the academy’s school board chair, is happy to have more space in the school that isn’t just classrooms. There was no gymnasium in the original building, so most physical education classes had to be held outdoors, which

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proved to be a challenge in the winter months. “We have some really active kids, and it will be good to have some more space for extracurriculars and other activities,” Folks says. The expansion, which is expected to be completed this spring, allows for more flexibility and space to keep students active. Kathy Mortensen, executive director, says the development will be beneficial because it will bring the school “higher quality facilities, higher quality education and an increased capacity for students.” —GRACE MASUDA

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A few months ago, I happened across a 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report stating that only one in 10 adults meets the recommended federal guidelines of one-and-a-half to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables per day. Considering how I typically eat, that didn’t come as a shock to me. Rather than wait until the new year, I decided (some might say resolved) to start eating more fruits and vegetables. My goal was specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based (SMART): to appreciably up the number of “green” foods I consume on a daily basis. Fortunately, my office is located directly above the produce department

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of Kowalski’s Markets. Using my appetite as my guide, I began a practice of keeping fresh snacks on my desk all day—some days mangoes, other days grapes, bell peppers or cucumbers—whatever looked good at the time. I naturally found that one of the great things about adding more produce to my diet is that it doesn’t leave room for less beneficial foods. Even though that wasn’t my intention, these days I find myself organically eating less processed food, sweet treats and meat. And I’m okay with that. At home, Buddha Bowls, chockfull of healthy choices, are now a recurring dinnertime player. Not only are they nutritious and tasty, the components are really easy to make in advance (great

for weekly meal preppers!) and simple to customize. I load up on mushrooms, peppers, onions and sweet potatoes. My son prefers broccoli but no tomatoes. My husband actually started eating beets! I love that what started as a personal goal has become a delicious, not to mention colorful, way to benefit my whole household, bringing us all a little closer to meeting that elusive “five a day.” Find Perron’s recipe for Easy Buddha Bowls at woodburymag.com. Rachael Perron, the culinary and brand director for Kowalski’s Markets, specializes in product development and selection, culinary education and communications.

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With Age Comes Grace Life is not perfect, and this is sort of fine with me.

As I get older, contemplating the changes that seem to have somehow snuck up on my face and body, there is a twinge of lost youth. Being young is not truly a gift, but when you look back upon how boundless the world seemed then, it just seems like so many things were better at 21. You thought someday you’d have all the answers spiritually. As we get older, we realize some of those things were not immersed in wisdom but very self-centered instead. Yet, why is it we long to be young again with naive illusions of perfection? There is a beauty to be found in imperfection—the rough surfaces around me remind me of the nature of life and accepting it. Once able to step out of the chaos of daily life, I appreciate and connect with the simple and tranquil. Layers of meaning do not come up suddenly. It happens in fits and starts. Imperfection is the only prompter that forces us to dig deeper. Growing old gracefully means we need to consider that our 21-year-old expectations were not reality but things of fairy tales, most often. We now become respectful of age, both in things, others and in ourselves, and it counsels us to be content. Growing old encourages us to understand (instead of demanding to be understood). All of life is in a constant state of change, and that departure is as much a part of life as the very first step of the journey, which we most often long to experience once again. Growing old teaches me that aging can mean growing wiser and more joyful. A few laugh lines are my proof that I’ve enjoyed the journey along the way and that this life is not the end-all, be-all of my story.

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With the Fire on High Start 2022 off with a great read.

Elizabeth Acevedo returns after winning the 2018 National Book Award in this tale of Emoni Santiago, a 17-year-old single mother living with her abuela in Philadelphia, trying to survive her senior year. She is a skilled chef despite her young age; she can create delicious meals that evoke memories of home and heartbreak. Emoni is strong and determined. She intends to give her daughter, Emma, the best life possible, even when that means making tough choices. When her school offers the chance to travel abroad, Emoni knows that it would be amazing—but it’s not for her. She needs to study, work and provide for Emma. An NPR review described this book as “boldly and gloriously subversive,” since it does not preach abstinence or glorify young parenthood. I highly recommend the audiobook because Acevedo is the narrator. Her velvety voice is soothing, poignant and raw. Fire on High will leave you hungry for more stories, more heartache and more Emoni.

Margaret Gardner is the senior library manager at R.H. Stafford Library in Woodbury. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, who bakes bread, daughter who is nearly crawling and dog who occasionally eats books. To browse the library’s collection and check out events for all ages, visit washcolib.org.

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Story by Staci Perry Mergenthal — Photos by Chris Emeott

Make SPF, vitamin C and collagen supplements part of your daily routine.

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Pucker Up Keep your lips deliciously supple this season. DID YOU KNOW that lips are the thinnest skin on the human body? With up to three times fewer cellular layers than facial skin, lips also lack natural body oils to protect and maintain a smooth texture. Without proper daily nourishment, the frigid cold and dry winter air can cause the fragile skin to crack or split. The most common reason for chapped lips is a lack of moisture. For preventative measure this winter season, consider these three helpful tips: • Keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water. • Combat the dry winter air with the help of a humidifier to maintain moisture in the air of your home. • Block the sun. Even in the winter, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using SPF 30 or higher to keep sun rays from diminishing the suppleness from your lips.

We talked to aesthetics educator and advanced practice aesthetician Vivien Rommes about how to protect and maintain luscious lips this season. What are your tips for lip care, healing and prevention in winter?

Look for healing ingredients, such as hemp or jojoba seed oil, beeswax and vitamin E. In any skin care routine, an SPF is essential for prevention of sun damage. I love the Glo Mint Balm SPF 15, a mineral formula that can be applied throughout the day over or under your lip color of choice. It provides protection from the dry weather on winter walks or

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Vitamin C is an antioxidant that can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps stimulate collagen production resulting in beautiful smooth lips. I recommend using products formulated for the lip area since facial serums could be too active for the lip area. Are there ingredients we should avoid using on our lips?

Avoid exfoliating treatments formulated to use on the face. Certain acids or scrubs can deplete the lip area causing increased dryness, cracking or a possible cold sore flare up. What are your favorite home care products that you recommend to your clients?

The Environ Cosmetic Focus-CIT is a home needling device that helps stimulate collagen production in the skin. Why do we want more collagen? Naturally occurring in the body, collagen loses its plumpness as we age, and the surface of the skin becomes laxer. Adding needling prior to applying your evening serum around the lip line, lips or any small area on the face where fine lines and wrinkles have settled will enhance the penetration of your home care and stimulate natural collagen production. Consult your aesthetician before applying a serum following needling to ensure it is safe for post needling. How can we prevent wrinkles from happening or deepening in the skin around our lips?

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Award winners from the 2021 Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce Award Gala.

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The Chamber of Commerce Award Gala highlights Woodbury’s greatest.

one of the greatest places in the state to live, and part of the reason why it is so great is because of the people that work, volunteer and contribute to the community,” says Woodbury Chamber of Commerce president Laurie Staiger. Showcasing those who make Woodbury such a wonderful community, the Woodbury Area Chamber of Commerce Award Gala recognizes those who often go unseen. As a public process, these individuals are nominated throughout the fall by their peers and the community at large. Upon receiving applications, a chamber committee works to pick three finalists and a winner from each of the five categories: educator,

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business, everyday heroes (previously citizen), nonprofit and public safety. Focusing on telling the finalists’ stories, Staiger says the beauty of this event stems from shedding light on individuals who don’t realize how beneficial their everyday actions are to those around them. “Those that have really impacted others’ lives never say what they do on a day-to-day basis to make things happen because that is just who they are,” she says. “They go above and beyond for that feel good experience of volunteering and really making a difference in the community.” Though recognizing amazing individuals in the community is the star of this event, the gala is also a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce to provide addi-

tional support to business and the community, as well. Putting the Pieces Together

Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton St. Paul East, the event features a sit-down dinner, live music, a silent auction, a dessert auction, a wine pull and, of course, the awards ceremony. “The community works really hard, and we are able to dress up and get together to celebrate and support one another,” says Elizabeth Neyens, chamber member and chair of the gala committee. With an incredibly philanthropic community, Staiger says the event would not be possible without the help of its volunteer pool. Providing resources and event expertise, dedicated chamber members

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Revolutionary Music Education Academy of Prince will impact generations to come.

THE IDEA for Purple Playground

sparked among Prince fans at a backyard barbecue. It was 2016, shortly after the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s death. Sadness and a yearning to keep Prince’s philanthropic legacy alive permeated the yard. Lifelong Prince fan and Paisley Park regular Heidi Vader couldn’t let it go. In 2017, she formed Purple Playground, a nonprofit for youth music education. From there, educator, DJ and vocalist Willie Adams had the idea for Academy of Prince (AOP), a free monthly and summer music program for teenagers to write, perform and collaborate musically. Vader tapped into her 35 years of music connections to form a powerhouse of speakers and teachers. “It’s so touching how many ‘Yes’ [responses] we get,” says Vader, Purple Playground director. “It’s about continuing Prince’s legacy of giving and educating the next generations—all

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taught by musicians, who played with him, authors who wrote historical books about him and others who collaborated with him.” AOP students learn about Prince and his musical influence. Students also collaborate during the two-week camp, writing and recording in a professional studio at High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul. “Academy of Prince is a revolutionary approach to music and arts-based education,” Adams says. “We don’t foster competition. We show our students and model for the community the power of collaboration. We see our differences as strengths and gifts, not deficits. I believe students and the communities we serve will be impacted for generations to come because, like Prince, we are about using music to unite, heal and uplift our world.” Past AOP student and East Ridge High School senior Ava Cyr attended the camp

in 2020. “The mentors were encouraging, patient and positive, which really helped the shy kids, like me, feel welcome and an important part of the group,” Cyr says. “The Academy helped me with my confidence to further my guitar education and to realize that everyone has something of value to offer in the creative process.” Cyr also acquired the spirit of philanthropy. “Being a part of the academy sparked a desire for me to further Prince’s charitable mission,” Cyr says. “I put together a musical instrument drive in conjunction with the Prince Club I started at my high school to gather instruments to donate to District 833 middle schools.” She’ll always remember the experience, which was like none other. “The opportunity to collaborate with other teens to make music and be mentored by the likes of Jellybean Johnson, Morris Hayes, Shelby J. and many other amazing

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Willie Adams preaches the Purple Word.

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You have Minnesota’s #1 Hearing Center in town! artists is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Cyr says. Speaking of powerhouse talent, singer/ songwriter Elisa Fiorillo and Adrian Crutchfield, who originally joined as a guest artist and music supervisor liaison, joined Vader and Adams on the Purple Playground Board of Directors. Fiorillo was a backing vocalist on songs with Prince and The New Power Generation in 2009 until 2014; she worked with Prince until his last show in New Orleans. Fiorillo joined the board after serving as an AOP guest and seeing how it impacted the kids. “The last time I worked with these amazing kids, I saw the huge transition from the time they arrived to how they left,” Fiorillo says. “At first, [students were] insecure to share their ideas, and, by the end, kids were going off on their own and creating songs all by themselves and performing them.” Prince encouraged Fiorillo to write her own songs. “The thing that drives me is knowing in my heart and soul that Prince would be very proud of me,” Fiorillo says. “He loved sharing his music with kids. He inspired me to write, and I want to do the same for the kids of Purple Playground.” Saxophone artist and The New Power Generation Hornz liaison Adrian Crutchfield toured with Prince and is featured on his final work. He was the last horn-man to perform and record with Prince. Crutchfield is inspired by exposing the next generation to Prince and what he represented. “I believe we are all responsible for passing it, whatever ‘it’ is in you, on to the next generation; no gimmicks, no smoke and mirrors or hidden agendas,” Crutchfield says. “Prince was big on passing it on. He taught me, and I feel I owe it to him and all my other teachers to pass on the knowledge.” AOP empowers students to look inside themselves for what’s already there. “Everyone has creativity and expression in them; the trick is finding the confidence and audacity to share it with the world,” Crutchfield says.

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The Year of Self-Care Small resolutions lead the pack when it comes to changes in the new year.

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ON JANUARY 1 , some of us believe the

next 365 days will bring a wave of being better and healthier, but some of the goals we set for ourselves are beyond what we’re capable of acheiving. Mariann Johnson, mindfulness and well-being program instructor at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, says, “In the new year, a lot of people will say something like, ‘I won’t eat chocolate again this year,’ which is fine, but it’s a really huge goal for themselves, and research shows that people fail because it isn’t practical.” Easing into a new year’s resolution is key, and Johnson recommends starting the year with a bit of self-care. “At the center, we think that self-care really means understanding that we are human beings … and our heath is being impacted by so many facets,” she says. “Self-care means pausing, and January is a great time to do that.” Johnson, a mindfulness practitioner, explains that the center has a sixdimensional well-being model: health, relationships, security, purpose, community and environment. Each of these elements plays a role into how we practice self-care, a tool that she says we have full control over in our lives. “A lot of our well-being is in our own hands, and self-care means feeling really empowered by that, not overwhelmed by it,” she says. “We have to realize that it’s human nature to have strong emotions. What we need to do is learn is how to nurture ourselves.” For those looking to start practicing self-care or mindfulness, Johnson recommends taking the center’s well-being assessment—a short quiz that determines where you are in each aspect of the six dimensions. “The free well-being assessment takes less than 10 minutes and shows a few areas that you can take small steps in … You begin to see all the pieces that enhance self-care and a sense of wellbeing,” Johnson says. She recommends taking the test alongside someone, since a support system leads to better health. “Most of us need support from outside folks,” she says. “I was so blessed to have walking buddies over the winter. We bundled up together in big coats and scarves and had great conversations. You

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RAPID-FIRE QUESTIONS WITH MARIANN JOHNSON What’s your go-to way for practicing self-care? Yoga.

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Self-care while staying in or going out? Both—in nature and indoors. Self-care in the morning or at night? Morning. One small thing you do every day? Drink a lot of water. One tip for someone who wants to start practicing self-care? When you wake up in the morning, lay in bed and take three big, deep in-and-out breaths. Feel your whole body laying in bed and add a sense of ease and self-compassion into the body. Plant an intention for the day.

know, we are hardy Minnesotans, and that’s really a great example of my saying, ‘Nobody does it alone.’” The center also offers a variety of free resources available for public use, which took off during the beginning of COVID19. Mindful Mondays, an online dropin session, consistently has over 200 participants—many of whom are from Minnesota but also those from around the world. “... We’re building a community at a time when people have felt isolated, and we have reached people that we otherwise wouldn’t have,” Johnson says. “It’s a hard time for everyone, and it’s our mission to really be helpful ...” There are also misconceptions about self-care. “We tend to be a perfectionist society, and we can bring our ‘Type A’ personality into self-care,” she says. “But self-care isn’t about huge, big changes or big, monumental goals, but I think ... we are most effective when we start with more attainable practices and things we can integrate into our daily lives.” If you’re feeling challenged with mental health or a calling to better yourself, Johnson recommends reaching out. She says, “It may be a therapist, a healthcare professional, minister, rabbi … Asking for support or assistance isn’t weakness. It’s strength.”

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GRAIN ELEVATORS Story by Renée Stewart-Hester Photos by Chris Emeott

Why does pasta get so much of the culinary glory? Granted, it transforms dishes, comes in shapes galore and has “comfort food” written all over it. As we’re in the midst of hygge cooking season, let’s take a closer look at grains—including some emerging trend-makers and recipes to keep you ahead of the grain game. Who better than Caroline Sluyter, the Oldways Whole Grains Council program director, to clear up some grainy questions? *Reader tip: Stick with the article until the end. We’ve got a kernel of info that might just put everything you know about a certain homegrown grain right on its head! What constitutes a whole grain? A grain that is whole contains all three edible components (bran, germ and endosperm) in their original proportions. What are refined grains? Grains that are missing some portion of their original kernel are considered refined grains. Typically, when grains are refined, some or all of their bran and germ are removed. Since most of a grain’s nutrients and

flavor are found in the bran and germ, refined grains are both less nutritious and less flavorful than whole grains. Is there such a thing as “faux grains,” meaning not from the Gramineae family? Quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat are pseudocereals. While they are not in the Poaceae (or Gramineae) botanical family, they are generally considered grains alongside true cereal grains because their nutritional profile, preparation and use are so similar. Is there an emerging grain trend we should know about? … There are five clear frontrunners when it comes to growing popularity. Perhaps the most illustrious of all is quinoa … [It] is now included in more than 10 percent of all [Whole Grain] Stamped products. Sorghum has also made impressive gains with its prevalence increasing more than threefold in 10 years. The other top contenders are millet, amaranth and teff. What are the top five grains that offer the most nutritional benefits? There is no “healthiest” grain, just as there is no healthiest vegetable. You’ll never

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Add a touch of history and new flavor profiles to your menu.

hear a doctor tell you to stick to carrots and spinach, even though they both have great nutritional attributes. Just as variety is key when eating fruits and vegetables, the best way to take advantage of the health benefits of whole grains is to eat a wide variety. Every grain has a little something different to offer. Which grains serve as protein and fiber powerhouses? ... Most whole grains qualify as a good source of protein (providing at least 10 percent of the Daily Value for protein per serving). The pseudo-cereals (quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth) are all “complete” protein sources, which means they contain significant amounts of all nine essential amino acids.

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Whole grains are somewhat famous for their fiber content. Again, you’ll find that almost every grain variety qualifies as either a good source of fiber (providing at least 10 percent of the Daily Value for fiber per serving) or excellent source of fiber (providing at least 20 percent of the Daily Value for fiber per serving). How can we incorporate more grains into

our diets? Making easy swaps, by substituting in whole grain versions of foods you already eat, is certainly one of the easiest ways to increase your whole grain intake without having to think too hard about it ... Many consumers new to whole grains are quite pleasantly surprised at the wonderful depth of flavor ...

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FOUR TO KN OW Information is provided by the Oldways Whole Grains Council. Recipes can be found at wholegrainscouncil.org. Amaranth: Technically a pseudograin, it’s a staple of the Aztecs, with a long history in Mexican and Peruvian cuisine (later becoming popular in Nepal, India and other countries). It’s typically served as breakfast porridge throughout Latin America and Southeast Asia. In Mexico, it’s also served popped with honey as a sweet snack called allegria. Flavor Profile: Peppery with a sweet, grassy aroma and pairs well with squash, corn, sesame, cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate. Gluten-free

Millet: This is one of the leading staple grains of India and was also used in ancient Chinese noodles before wheat was domesticated. Nutritious millet is also important to the cuisines of South America, Russia, the Himalayas and Africa. Flavor Profile: Buttery and pairs well with mushrooms, herbs, warm spices, scallions and squash. Gluten-free Sorghum: Also called milo, it is believed to have originated in Africa, where it remains an important cereal grain. It is naturally drought tolerant, making it a good choice when keeping in mind ones environmental footprint. Flavor Profile: Sweet with hints of corn or wheat flavor and pairs well with Southern

ingredients (bananas, berries, bourbon, dates, figs, ham, peanuts, pecans and warm spices). Gluten-free Teff: This tiny (less than 1mm) grain is native to the Horn of Africa, where nomads could carry enough teff seed in their pockets to sow an entire field. Its name may come from the Amharic word for “lost” because the seed is so tiny. Flavor Profile: Slightly sweet taste with undertones of cocoa and hazelnut and pairs well with chocolate, dark fruit, nuts, pumpkin and seeds. Gluten-free

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WORK ON YOUR HOME • TO • WORK FROM HOME.

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Working from home (WFH) has gained unlikely popularity following the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many were originally forced into this work setting, many are now opting not to go back into the office in favor of working from home. This can be beneficial for both the worker and the company: Workplaces have found higher productivity rates and workers enjoy the lack of drive time, the ability to run a wash cycle while in a meeting and being able to wear more comfortable clothing, to name a few benefits. In order to completely take advantage of the WFH lifestyle, it’s important to have a functional workspace. But getting a workspace set up is often easier said than done. Jason Fabio, founder and president of Ispiri, has some tips for setting up your home office.

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Have a good space for video calls.

With video conferencing platforms, such as Zoom and Skype, becoming popular methods for companies to hold virtual meetings, it’s important to have a workspace set up to give a professional look during your call. Having good lighting is key in getting a visually pleasing image. Fabio says the biggest factor in lighting is to have it come from in front of the subject, not from above, below or behind. “Stand in front of a mirror in a bathroom with an overhead light and notice all of the shadows,” Fabio says. “It’s the same thing in any room with overhead light. Having the light in front of the subject eliminates those shadows.” Windows also provide great, natural lighting and work well when in front of the subject. Fabio says to avoid having windows in the background, as it can lead to bad video quality. Moreover, he says to add plants or artwork in the background for a professional look—as

long as it isn’t too distracting. Neutral wall colors are also preferable.

Purchase multi-functional office furniture.

Although not all homes have space for a designated office, it’s still possible to have an effective workspace. Fabio says to look toward pieces with multiple functions. For example, if you’re working in the bedroom, he recommends using a multi-user dresser with a fold-out desk to utilize the room but not take up the space. Trend alert! Fabio says designing home offices that double as a sitting room is popular. For example, use filing cabinets that look like end tables—usable storage with a relaxed look for friends and family. One last option Fabio suggests is getting a custom desk or table made by the Ispiri team. “We can make something similar to a hide-a-bed,” Fabio says. “When you’re done working, you can just fold it back up into the wall.” Keep clutter out of the way while keeping the space functional as more than just an office.

Have your office close to social interaction.

It’s no secret that our bodies and brains need daily interaction, and the WFH lifestyle can limit those needs. Increase your daily social interactions by keeping your office space near the “central hub” of your home. Fabio says placing an inhome office near the front of the home is trending. “We’re seeing a lot of homes have the dining room on one side and then the office on the other,” he says. Another popular spot includes near the kitchen or dining room, where children or a spouse might frequent throughout the day. Having quick interactions with others in your home throughout the day, instead of being isolated in one corner of the home, is one key to staying happy while working from home.

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Have your child's workspace close to you.

Adults aren’t the only ones who need a home workspace. Children end most school days with homework. And, if there’s a chance of doing distance-learning again, it’s important they have a proper area to get their work done. Fabio says most parents lean toward having their kids work in a space close to them, and the kitchen is a popular spot. “This way [children] can get social interaction, too, and parents can keep an eye on them,” Fabio says. “It’s a lot better than having them stuck in their room all day.” Fabio says some families use a nook right off the kitchen, but an island in the kitchen is preferred. “Islands can be designed with outlets and USB ports, so they can use their computers,” Fabio says. “Those outlets can be designed to be hidden, so the island is still aesthetically pleasing.”

If you’re stuck, consult an expert.

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Trying to design something in your home can be intimidating. Fabio says if you ever get stuck, don’t be afraid to reach out to a design firm. “They’ll help you figure out what’s not working, what the space is intended for, how many people will be using it and if there are any special needs,” Fabio says. “They’ll take the information and make a design that fits well.” Fabio also says a design firm will take things into account, such as lighting, audio and hiding all of the cords, something which is often overlooked.

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ON THE TOWN things to see and do in and around Woodbury

JUST4KIDZ FEST RETURNS Learn about area schools, camps and activities.

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F IN D ING TH E RIGH T RES O U RC ES for your children can be stressful and challenging, but no fear; Just4Kidz Fest is right around the corner. This one-day event is on January 8 and is held by Nikki Robbins, owner of Peace of Mind Early Education Center, and Linda Grubish, owner of That’s My Idea! Marketing. Grubish says the event is, “like the Woodbury Expo but for all things kids.” It is a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to connect with and learn more about the different schools, camps and activities available for children. It is also a fun day for kids to get out and interact with one another, especially in the wintertime. Grubish says, “[It’s] super beneficial for parents because it saves them a whole lot of time research-

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ing options for preschools, kindergartens, dance lessons or even where to have their child’s birthday party.” It’s also beneficial for businesses to connect with the community. Robbins and Grubish say they’re looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year. For more information and event details, go to just4kidzfest.com. —GRACE MASUDA

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LOCAL EVENTS

Brick Resolution Run 01/01 The Brick Resolution Run is back this year. The race will take place live beginning at the Running Room location in Woodbury and will include a 5K run or walk and a kids’ 1K run. This event is a great way to get outside this winter season. All ages. 5K run $25, 1K run $15. Registration is required. 8 a.m. The Running Room, 7455 Currell Blvd.; 651.714.8710; runningroom.com

Daytime Book Club 01/12 Spend your Wednesday at Park Grove Library’s monthly book club meeting. This month’s book selection is Susan Orlean’s The Library Book. Get ready to delve into this highly-rated, historical nonfiction novel about a 1986 library fire and its aftermath. Free. 1–2:30 p.m. Park Grove Library, 7900 Hemingway Ave. S., Cottage Grove; 651.459.2040; washcolib.org

Parent Support Group 01/18 The Family Achievement Foundation is hosting a 90-minute parent support meeting at its Woodbury location.

Online scheduling now available!

This event welcomes anyone who is going through a challenging parenting journey and is seeking resources, connections and support. The group meeting includes a mindfulness exercise, a large group discussion and time

Convenient morning and evening hours

to share personal stories and experiences. Free. Registration is encouraged.

6–7:30 p.m. Family Achievement Center, 2101 Wooddale Drive; 651.738.9888; familyachievementfoundation.org

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legacy and discusses issues that are affecting Black Americans in Minnesota. The event includes vendors, notable speakers, live music, a community forum and more. Free admission. Registration

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Suicide Prevention Collaborative 5K

The Suicide Prevention Collaborative 5K took place on October 2, 2021, at Colby Lake Park. Nearly 200 runners and walkers took part in the annual event, which covers a 3.1-mile route. Funds raised from the 5K support suicide prevention programs in the South Washington County School District and surrounding communities.

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The Value of Veganism Plant-based diets are growing in popularity due to overwhelming benefits. BY HAILEY ALMSTED

PHOTOS BY CHRIS EMEOTT

T HE V EG A N D IET, also known as veganism, has been growing in popularity—and it’s no wonder considering people have been cutting out animal products and byproducts for environmental and ethical reasons, among others. But oftentimes, questions about veganism arise, and finding the answers isn’t always the easiest. We turned to Kelly Zugay, a St. Paul-based lifestyle blogger, who is vegan and shares her favorite recipes on her blog (kellyzugay.com).

What is a vegan diet? Being vegan means not consuming any animal-based products or anything that is produced from an animal. Meat, dairy, honey—depending on the vegan you are talking to. It can also carry over from not just the foods you eat, but also into your lifestyle. Not having leather products or things of that nature. Every person varies on an individual level, but the whole goal is to avoid animal products and enjoy a whole food, plant-based, vegan diet. What is the difference between being vegan vs. vegetarian? Vegetarians avoid just meat, but they’ll still have dairy products like milk, cheese or yogurt. A vegan wouldn’t choose anything made with an animal ingredient. What are the health benefits? There are a lot of reasons that people feel motivated to go vegan, and the coolest part is knowing that the benefits are so multifaceted. I initially went into pursuing a plant-based, vegan diet to improve my health and to make sure I was consuming the right foods that are best for my body. But the benefits and side benefits of going vegan were having more energy, better endurance, being a stronger runner/athlete. There’s a lot of secondary benefits with one goal in mind, and the benefits are limitless.

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What are the environmental benefits? I learned through watching several documentaries that, with regards to factory farming and the scale at which animal products are produced, it has environmental impacts. Resources to feed the animals that become food or the land/space can have environmental impacts. In addition to that, the normal implications of hunting and fishing, and disrupting the ecosystem where animals live and thrive. For me, it was a matter of learning about the climate and Earth and wanting to do my part to not disrupt that and eat foods that are readily available. Is it more costly to eat vegan? With regards to cooking at home, I would say that it’s a common misconception that vegan food is more expensive. A lot of food I eat is based on a can of beans or produce that is available in the grocery store. You can be very cost effective … I eat a lot of tofu, which is the longest to prepare since you have to press it to have it take on flavor. But it makes it fun and easy. With just a few plant-based ingredients, you can make a lot of recipes. What about eating out at restaurants? There are a lot of vegan options in the Twin Cities that aren’t only plant-based, but options that are more readily available to eat at everyday restaurants. For vegan restaurants, my favorite is The Herbivorous Butcher in Minneapolis, which has really good lunch sandwiches that just hit the spot and taste like something a meat-eating person would love and enjoy. At restaurants that aren’t vegan, I usually get a salad without cheese, which is going to be vegan, but it is so cool to see beyond burgers and impossible burgers in the restaurants. I’ll also gravitate toward sushi, which can be avocado rolls or cucumber rolls. You can always use plant-based ingredients to find new menu items.

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Kelly Zugay says her favorite spots around town include Aloha Poke Co. and Tamarack Tap Room. “At Aloha Poke, you can hand pick the ingredients you want, which is really cool … And the Tamarack Tap Room has different salads that are good, and they also have a beyond burger,” she says. Here are more vegan bites around town. BEYOND BURGER: Vegan patty, vegan cheese, chives, lettuce, tomato, onion and a sprouted wheat bun Tamarack Tap Room, 8418 Tamarack Village COCONUT CURRY WITH VEGETABLES: Broccoli, pea pods, carrots, bok choy, mushrooms, onions, lemongrass and garlic; curry contains fresh spices, coconut milk and peanuts Duc’s Vietnamese, 783 Radio Drive Suite 100B GRILLED VEGETABLE SANDWICH: Vegetables on top of fries on homemade bread, topped with vegan cheese Key’s Café, 1750 Weir Drive KUNG PAO: Blackened chili peppers, roasted peanuts, celery, carrots, green onions, bamboo and water chestnuts topped with a spicy brown sauce Duc’s Vietnamese, 783 Radio Drive Suite 100B STIR FRY: Vegetable medley with soy chili sauce over coconut jasmine rice, topped with cilantro and chopped peanuts Crave, 9100 Hudson Road Suite 108 TACO SALAD: Vegan black bean patty with lettuce and tomatoes, onions, black olives, vegan cheese and salsa, served with tortilla chips Key’s Café, 1750 Weir Drive VEGAN WATERMELON POKE BOWL: Revol greens, arugula and sushi rice, topped with watermelon, cucumber, edamame, mango, nori, avocado, pickled ginger, cilantro and a spicy poke sauce Crave, 9100 Hudson Road Suite 108

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FAMILY FAVORITES I’m no stranger to veganism. My sister Ashley Almsted, a Woodbury High School alumna, has been vegan for three years and vegetarian for 10 years. For family dinners and holiday celebrations, this means vegan food is served next to “regular” food like turkey, ham, cheesy potatoes, etc. Preconceived notions of being vegan may include, “I don’t want to eat only vegetables,” or “There’s no such thing as good vegan food.” But family recipes have proved time and time again that vegan food can be just as tasty (and sometimes healthier!) than a standard meal. Here are a few favorite vegan dishes that you’ll find around our dinner table. (Recipes contributed by Patrick Miehle of Woodbury.)

VEGAN MAC AND “CHEESE” - SERVES 8 Ingredients: 4 cups macaroni noodles 2 cups vegetable broth 2 cups unsweetened, plain almond milk 2 cups raw cashews 1 Tbsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. onion powder 2 Tbsp. vegan butter (I prefer Miyoko’s cultured butter.) 5 Tbsp. corn starch 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast (optional, adds flavor) ½ tsp. turmeric (optional, adds color) Salt to taste Optional topping: 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs

(Ensure breadcrumbs are vegan, as some brands add milk.) 2 Tbsp. vegan butter Salt to taste In a large pot, add salted water, and bring to a boil. Add macaroni. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside. Pour vegetable broth into a microwave-safe measuring cup, and heat to boil. Add raw cashews, and let sit for five to six minutes before pouring into a blender. Blend until smooth. (Carefully blend, as ingredients will be hot and may splash.) Slowly add in almond milk until everything is smooth. Add dry seasonings, salt to taste and set aside. Combine everything. Create a slurry with cornstarch by adding enough cold vegetable

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broth (or water). Return your pot to medium-low heat, and add vegan butter. Once melted, mix in the sauce and slurry mix, and heat until thick, stirring constantly. Add the pasta, and combine. Garnish with breadcrumbs (see below). Optional topping: Melt vegan butter in a skillet, and add breadcrumbs over medium-high heat. Incorporate everything, and stir/toss in the pan until breadcrumbs are lightly toasted. Set aside. Chef’s note: If the sauce appears too thin, add more cornstarch. If the sauce appears too thick, thin it out with more broth.

JACKFRUIT PULLED “PORK” SANDWICH - SERVES 4 Ingredients: 2 cans green jackfruit, drained with large seeds removed 1 cup vegetable broth 2 tsp. sugar 2 tsp. garlic 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. cumin 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1 tsp. ancho chili powder ½ tsp. salt ½ tsp. pepper ¼ tsp liquid smoke 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar ½ cup vegan barbecue sauce (I prefer Sweet BabyRay’s Original.) olive oil A pinch of cayenne pepper, optional Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F; heat a large sauté pan on medium heat. Drain the jackfruit, removing large seeds, and cut into smaller pieces. Add a small amount of olive oil to the pan, and combine all ingredients into the pan. Stir to combine, and simmer for four to five minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Spread the jackfruit evenly onto a foil-lined baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes or until caramelized with a slight char on the tips. In a bowl, combine the jackfruit with ½ cup of barbecue sauce. Add to your favorite bun, topped with vegan butter and toppings, such as pickled onions or coleslaw, or leave as is.

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Story by Grace Masuda — Photo by Greg Hagen

SECOND PLACE: CITY LANDMARKS

Winter Wonders

Local captures the beauty of Minnesota winters. G R EG HAG EN has enjoyed taking photos as a

creative outlet for a long time, but he recently began to delve deeper into the hobby. “Two years ago, I took a community-ed course on photography, and that pushed me forward quite a bit,” he says. Hagen recalls when he took this second place photo winner last winter. He says, “I drive a school bus, and while parked between routes one day, there was such a beautiful scene at [Colby] lake, I had to capture it.”

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