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Sweet Summer Recipes: Vegan Strawberry Shortcake

berriesIt’s that time of the year again when strawberries are sweet and juicy and minimizing time is the kitchen is essential because it’s just so beautiful outside! This recipe is quick to pull together and less than 30 minutes in the kitchen will get you the perfect summer dessert.

We were so excited to use So Delicious’s new CocoWhip as a topping and it did not disappoint! It’s a sweet, light, creamy vegan topping made from coconut milk, and it really works perfectly here (if you can resist eating the entire tub with a spoon). You could also use regular old whipped cream for a non-vegan variety, or whip up your own coconut cream.


1 lb fresh, organic strawberries, sliced (we’ve got Driscolls right now and they are perfect!)

1 container So Delicious Cocowhip whipped topping


1 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour

3 t. baking powder

1/4 c coconut palm sugar + 1 T for sprinkling on top of the biscuits (optional)

pinch sea salt

1/2 c earth balance organic whipped buttery spread

1/2 c unsweetened  soymilk + 1t vanilla extract mixed in biscuit

–Preheat oven to 350. Put all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together. Add the earth balance and mix together with a pastry blender or a fork until it is incorporated and the mixture is about the size of peas. Add in the soymilk and vanilla mixture and combine until just mixed. Drop by the tablespoon full onto a parchment lined baking sheet (you should get about 10) and sprinkle the optional sugar on top of the biscuits. Bake for 18 minutes until they have browned.

To assemble the shortcake, put 1-2 biscuits in a bowl, top with about 1/3 c sliced strawberries and a few tablespoons of Cocowhip. Enjoy!


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Please join us for a special Dr. Hauschka cosmetics event!



Please join us Friday, May 29th from 12pm to 3pm for a complimentary 30 minute make-up application with Perelandra’s talented make-up artist Angela! We’ll be using Dr. Hauschka’s gorgeous cosmetics and you’ll get a free gift!

Dr. Hauschka cosmetics are made with natural ingredients that are actually good for your skin! Get a great new look for summer.

Spaces are very limited, so reserve your spot today by emailing us at info@perelandranatural.com or calling 718-855-6068.

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Please join us for our 39th Anniversary Party!


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New Additions to our Juice and Smoothie Menu!

We’re excited to announce our new organic juice and smoothie creations! The Salted Almond smoothie, a staff smoothie in August, has been so popular that we’ve decided to add it to our regular menu. It is a supremely delicious blend of almond butter, medjool dates, maca root powder, cacao nibs, rice milk, sea salt and ice.

The Salted Almond Smoothie

The Salted Almond Smoothie

Four brand-new organic juice blends are on our menu!

Very Veggie: Carrot, Celery, Spinach, Chard, Parsley and Beet

Red Head: Carrot, Apple, Beet and Ginger

Live Limeade: Cucumber, Apple, Lime, Kale and Parsley

Gimme Greens: Spinach, Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Apple and Lemon

We heard you!

Many of you have told us that you’d like an easy way to create your own custom juices and smoothies. We’ve created simple and clear create-your-own juice and smoothie menus so that you can order exactly what you want easily. Just ask a staff member for the menu and order whatever combination your heart desires!

We value your feedback! As always, please let us know what you think.


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Sunday Staff Profiles: The People of Perelandra

This week we’re profiling Keith, Perelandra’s Front End Manager. He’s worked just about everywhere in our store, so chances are you’ve had the good fortune to interact with him at some point! He has a wonderfully calm and easy-going demeanor which has endeared him to many of our customers and our staff, too. Get to know Keith in this week’s staff profile!


Keith, mid-laugh.




I spent a significant amount of time in Santa Rosa and the Bay area of California, and also lived in Washington state.

How long have you lived in NYC?

6 years

How long have you worked at Perelandra?

5.5 years

What are some of your favorite products?

The mixed vegetable juice with beet and lemon at the juice bar. It’s got everything!

Organic active greens bar – it’s got everything EXCEPT for soy, which I like!

Jyoti Paneer Peas and Cheese – It’s so delicious.

What is your favorite thing about working at Perelandra?

Pretty much everything, but the people are #1.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned since you started working at Perelandra?

I have learned to appreciate people much more, and than nothing should be taken at face value. The more I learn that, the more I see greatness in other people.

Favorite book?

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Favorite Musician/Album/Genre?

I have been into Valerie June’s Pushing Against a Stone, and also really into David Byrne lately.

What are some interesting facts about you?

I was on the diving team when I was in college at UC Davis, I even won a few trophies. For about a year, right after I finished high school, I was part of a theatre group that wrote, produced and performed shows in Nottingham, England.

Editors note: Keith is also an accomplished musician! Check him out at KeithAbbott.Bandcamp.com

What we love about Keith:

“He is one of the most reliably calm, stable people I have ever met. He also has a great sense of humor and I think he’s fun to work with.” – Allison

“Keith is so personable. There are a lot of customers that only want to talk to Keith, and I think that says a lot about him. He also has integrity, is comical and down to earth.” -Yahsef

“Keith is a thoughtful and kind individual, and always lends an air of positivity to the store” – James

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