Keep cozy through the coldest winter months by exploring Seward Co-op’s Bulk aisles! With a little bit of planning, you can stock your pantry with ingredients to make these affordable ”just add liquid” delights sure to comfort you through the freeze. These suggestions would make great gifts to share with loved ones who may also be in need of cozy comfort!
Start the day with whole grains flavored the way you like! Buy bulk oats, brown sugar, chocolate chips, dried fruit, and more in bulk. Then, mix a jar of your favorite flavored oatmeal. This is a great way to have an easy, hearty breakfast on-hand to easily add to hot milk or water, or soak overnight for cold oats. Top with fresh fruit and plant- or dairy-based yogurt for extra flavor.
Hot Chocolate Your Way
Don’t like your hot chocolate too sugary? Do you prefer yours with cinnamon or a little kick of cayenne? It’s easy to mix bulk cocoa powder, brown or white sugar, salt, and your preferred mix-ins. Place in a jar, then easily whisk into warmed plant- or dairy-based milk for a treat on a cold day or after spending time outdoors.
Soothing Customizable Tea Blends
Mix your own loose leaf tea blends at home with bulk dried herbs. Anise pods, licorice root, and cloves make a spicy, warming tea. Peppermint and d.i.y. dried peels from winter citruses offer a refreshing burst of flavor in the doldrums of winter. Chamomile, rosehips, and lavender are a relaxing blend to sip and help wind down before bedtime. For full recipes, try these delightful blends recommended by Seward Co-op Staff member, Amanda Reeder.
Personalized Bath Salts
Seward Co-op’s Wellness section has bulk Epsom salts to mix with dried herbs and essential oils to create blissful bath blends. A good ratio to start with is one cup of Epsom salts to 10 drops of your choice of essential oils. Peppermint and eucalyptus oils are refreshing and stimulating, while rosemary and lavender oils are relaxing and soothing. About 1/4 cup of salt per bath is enough to soften and scent the water – just be cautious when leaving the tub. Essential oils can be slippery!