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

not_just_halloween

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
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 19:20

snack_o_lantern

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

coconut_water

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
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 10 October 2015 08:32

pomegranate_potassium

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.

 
Vintage Tin Funnels? Creative Rustic Fixture!
Reuse Tips
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Sunday, 27 September 2015 15:32

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Grilled Eggplant, Tomato and Kale Sandwich (vegan)
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Saturday, 26 September 2015 22:29

eggplant-tomato-kale-sandwich

Recipe: 8 slices sourdough French bread/4 cups kale, lightly sauteed/1 tomato, sliced/1 eggplant, cut lengthwise/½ cup vegan shredded mozzarella cheese/2 tbsp vegan thousand island dressing/vegan butter spread of choice/sea salt/pepper to taste. Preheat oven to 400F and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut eggplant lengthwise leaving the skin on. Sprinkle eggplant with sea salt, place it in a strainer and let it sit out for about 15 minutes. Place eggplant on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Lightly water sauté kale. You can use extra virgin olive oil but only use ½ tbsp for every 2 cups of kale. Once that is done also set aside. Butter the outside of each piece of bread that will be hitting the fry pan. Place the buttered side of bread on the fry pan and spread thousand island dressing across it. Take handful of kale and distribute it across the slice. Sprinkle cheese.  Top with two pieces of eggplant and two tomato slices. Cover sandwich with other piece of bread leaving the butter side up. Press down sandwich with a spatula. Cook on both sides until golden brown and crispy but not burnt.

 
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.

 
Summer Mint Melon Salad
Healthy Eating
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Sunday, 27 September 2015 09:30

melon-mint-salad

Recipe: Half of a watermelon, scooped with a melon baller/Half of a large cantaloupe, scooped with a melon baller/Half of a large honeydew melon, scooped with a melon baller/2 Tablespoons honey/3 Tablespoons finely chopped mint. Place scooped melon balls in a large bowl. Drizzle with honey and toss to coat the melon.
Sprinkle with chopped fresh mint and toss again. Chill before serving.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Shirt? DIY Baby Dress!
Reuse Tips
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Saturday, 26 September 2015 22:27

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