The Best Protein Shake for Your Lifestyle

DIY shakes are a great way to add extra protein to your diet. But there are a lot of options to choose from, so getting started can be overwhelming. The best protein shake is the one that gives you what you need and that you’ll actually drink. It won’t help if you can’t stand the … Continued

Summer Essentials and Supplements for Hydration

The wait for summer is over and sunny, warm days are here! Wherever your summer fun takes you, our wellness department has items to help you feel your best, inside and out. Here’s a rundown of favorites selected by our Wellness team, from supplements for hydration to moisturizing lip balms. All of the items follow … Continued

Dale Woodbeck’s Legacy at Lakewinds

Dale Woodbeck is retiring from the co-op after 12 years as Lakewind’s general manager. Here’s his final letter to owners, which also appears in the summer issue of ReFresh, along with reflections from those he’s worked with. Join us as we celebrate Dale’s legacy at Lakewinds! Appreciations for Dale “Dale is going to be so … Continued

Budget-Friendly, Easy Vegan Recipes

When schedules get busy, make-ahead meals can save time and reduce stress. These two easy vegan recipes feature budget-friendly Field Day products, as well as items that can be found in our bulk department, where you can buy just the amount of spices you need. The batch cooking starts by making seasoned rice. Half of … Continued

Dale Woodbeck Retiring, New GM Announced

After Dale Woodbeck announced his upcoming retirement, the Lakewinds board of directors has hired a new general manager — but a familiar face in the organization. Greg Dick, Lakewinds operations manager, will be taking over leadership of the co-op when Dale retires in early June. Greg has been with Lakewinds since 2008 and the operations … Continued

Five Vegan Lunch Ideas that Start with Soup

If you’re looking for delicious, plant-based meals that will leave you satisfied without messing up your kitchen, start with canned or frozen vegan soups. Easy to prepare at home or at the office, these five vegan lunch ideas boast bold flavors that are great on their own and simple to add to for a heartier … Continued

Wild Ramps and How to Use Them

It’s springtime, which means the cold is retreating, the sun is staying out longer, and green is making its triumphant return to the landscape! One of the first wild plants to sprout in the Midwest also happens to be one of the most delicious: wild ramps. These oddly named veggies are highly sought after by … Continued

Mother’s Day Quiz

Mother’s Day is coming up! Are you looking for ways to celebrate with the mother figure in your life? Take our short “Celebrate Mom” quiz below for some unique Mother’s Day ideas designed just for her. We know moms (like everyone) are multifaceted, and this quiz is just a jumping-off point to get you started. … Continued

Beneficial Smoothie Recipes

When smoothie season kicks off, that’s great news for all of us! It means that warm, sunny days are back, and cool, refreshing, delicious smoothies hit the spot. And why not add some extra nutritional oomph to your smoothies? The smoothie recipes below come from local, woman-owned Wellcova, and use brewed, cooled tea as a … Continued