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5-Ingredient Zucchini Fritters
Healthy Eating
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Friday, 23 October 2015 19:11

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Recipe: 4 cups shredded zucchini/2/3 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten free)/2 large eggs, lightly beaten (or egg substitute)/1/3 cup sliced scallions (green and white parts)/olive oil.

Place shredded zucchini in a colander, set over a bowl and sprinkle lightly with salt. Allow to stand for 10 minutes. Squeeze out as much liquid from the zucchini as possible. Transfer to large bowl. Add flour, eggs, sliced scallions, sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir until combined. Line a plate with paper towels. Liberally coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with olive oil and place over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, scoop 3-tablespoon mounds of the zucchini mixture into the pan, pressing them lightly into rounds and spacing them at least 2 inches apart. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip them and cook an additional 2 minutes until golden brown. Sour cream and sliced scallion topping optional.

 
Reuse Idea: Unused Funnels? Easy Way to Store Twine!
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Monday, 19 October 2015 21:06

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(works for ribbon too)

 
Not Just for Halloween...
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Sunday, 18 October 2015 21:14

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If you're purchasing or making a brand new costume for your kids this Halloween, why not make it one that your child can enjoy year round. Fairy costumes and ninja suits are just a few costumes that your kids can play with after the holiday, and maybe even use again next year.

 
Snack-O-Lantern?
Healthy Eating
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 19:20

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Cut off the top off an orange just like you would a pumpkin.

Scoop out the insides and carve in your favorite Halloween design.

Fill with  fresh fruit salad and replace top. Don't forget to compost orange peels after you've enjoyed your snack!

 
Are You Drinking This Type of Coconut Water?
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 12 October 2015 19:24

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The anti-aging benefits of coconut water are numerous, and food manufacturers have taken advantage of its popularity. However, not all are created equal – since many brands have been ruined by harmful chemicals or processing. For packaged coconut water to retain its nutrients, it should come directly from fresh coconuts. However, some manufacturers have adopted several methods of packaging that ruin its purity: http://www.naturalhealth365.com/cocounut-water-chemicals-potassium-1559.html

 
Pomegranates: Packed With Potassium!
Healthy Eating
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Saturday, 10 October 2015 08:32

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Packed with antioxidants equal to those in green tea and red wine, and especially loaded with Vitamin C and Potassium. Here's a great recipe: Fennel, Arugula, & Pomegranate Salad: 2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb / 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided / 6 cups arugula / 1 cup sliced green onions / 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar / 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds. Combine fennel, arugula, & green onions, in large bowl & toss. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar, and olive oil. Pour over salad and toss again. Season with sea salt and pepper.

 
Frozen Banana Peanut Butter Treats
Healthy Eating
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:58

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Slice bananas and spread peanut butter in between, freeze for an hour, then dip in dark chocolate. Refrigerate for another 10-15 minutes.

 
Potato, Carrot and Kale Soup
Healthy Eating
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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 19:41

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Recipe: 2 tablespoons olive oil/1 medium onion, chopped/4 cloves garlic, chopped/1 cup celery, chopped /2 red potatoes, chopped/3 cups chopped kale (stems removed)/6 cups vegetable broth/1 teaspoons each dried sage and thyme/sea salt and black pepper to taste.

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil. Add broth, carrots, and celery. Bring to boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Add potatoes and simmer 15 minutes longer. Add kale and remaining spices and let simmer 5 minutes more.

 
Autumn Zucchini Pumpkin Spice Loaf...
Healthy Eating
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Monday, 19 October 2015 21:05

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Recipe: 2 cups all-purpose flour /1 teaspoons ground cinnamon/1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg /1/4 teaspoon ground cloves /1/2 teaspoon sea salt /2 teaspoons baking powder /1 teaspoon baking soda /2 eggs (or egg substitute) /1 cup pumpkin (canned or fresh cooked) /1/2 cup honey /1/2 cup coconut oil /1 tablespoon vanilla extract /1 cup shredded zucchini.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, honey and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in the zucchini. Stir into the flour mixture just until blended. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Dish Rack? Handy Flip Flop Organizer!
Reuse Tips
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Sunday, 18 October 2015 21:13

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Should Government Issued Dietary Guidelines Address Sustainability?
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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 19:20

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The question of whether government-issued dietary guidance should address sustainability has been in the headlines. A report issued by the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) earlier this year recommended that sustainability be a factor in determining the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Of the 29,000 public comments received on the DGAs during this year’s comment period, 19,000 focused on sustainability, and of those, 97% were positive on its inclusion. Notably, the US Conference of Mayors passed a resolution supporting sustainability in the DGAs. If history is the teacher, we should not be too discouraged that sustainability is not yet part of the DGAs. Consider the precedent of physical activity, a topic that could also be ruled “out of scope,” as it is not specified in the DGA law. It took three cycles of DGA discussions before physical activity was included in 1995: “Balance the food you eat with physical activity: maintain or improve your weight.” Ever since, the DGAs have included physical activity, and the connection is considered obvious and necessary.

Read more: http://theconversation.com/building-a-case-ove...

 
Plant-Based Diet May Save Planet
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Monday, 12 October 2015 19:14

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Human consumption of animal products is one of the most powerful destroyers of ecosystems and biological diversity.

A new study slated for a December release in Science of the Total Environment reports that adopting plant-based diets instead of animal-based diets can significantly reduce ecosystem destruction and loss of biodiversity while benefiting human health. “Human carnivory is likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions, since it is not only the major driver of deforestation but also a principle driver of land degradation, pollution, climate change,overfishing, sedimentation of coastal areas, facilitation of invasions by alien species, and loss of wild carnivores and wild herbivores,” the study says. One of the study's graphics shows that carbon dioxide emissions are almost 60 times higher for free range, grass-fed beef than for beans, peas, and soy per kilogram, and 25 times higher for feedlot-produced beef than beans. “Ideally,” the study says, plant-based diets will constitute “a global average of 90 percent of food consumed” to slow the adverse effects of animal-based diets, even accounting for a three billion-person population increase. Given extensive evidence that “diets based largely on plant foods are associated with health and longevity and shifts toward diets richer in animal products often lead to less-healthy populations,” scientific studies increasingly prove that vegan diets are best for the environment, human health, and animals.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Bicycle Seats? Creative DIY Counter Stools!
Reuse Tips
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Saturday, 10 October 2015 08:31

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Use Baking Soda to Soothe a Sunburn
Green Tips
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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 19:58

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Forgot to reapply SPF while you were at the beach? Mix 4 tbsp. baking soda into 1 quart water, wet a washcloth with the mixture and apply the compress to the sunburn to cool down the heat. You can also use it to help heal regular burns.

 
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