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Making Wild Blackberry Jam – It’s a Guy Thing

Guy@Gaiam by Guy@Gaiam | August 10th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Healthy Eating, Healthy Home

If you don’t think making blackberry jam from wild blackberries is a “manly” thing to do, just think about the the days of hunter-gatherers. What could be more manly than tromping through the woods like a grizzly bear collecting food from the wild? In this case, however, I was actually walking on a paved road and collecting blackberries from the ditch-line because foraging in our woods right now presents too much of a poison-ivy risk. I also ended up with a Band-Aid® around my finger and spent more time canning in the kitchen than foraging in the great outdoors. Male egos and gender-stereotyping aside, foraging for wild food is good for your body, good for the planet, good for your wallet and, most importantly, good for your taste buds.

Caramelized Fennel, Onion and Potato Gratin

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | July 7th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home

French Potato Gratin

A delicious French dish from the Gaiam Café kitchen.

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 onion, sliced thin

1 bulb fennel, sliced thin

1 sprig of fresh rosemary, lightly chopped

1 sprig of fresh sage, lightly chopped

7-8 medium Idaho potatoes, sliced thin

3 cups of heavy cream

Orange Sesame Cabbage Salad

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | June 30th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home

A zesty summer salad recipe from the Gaiam Café kitchen.

Serves 6 to 8

Salad ingredients:

1 head Napa cabbage, chopped
1 head red cabbage, chopped
1 red pepper, cut julienne
1 scallion, chopped
½ pound bean pods, cut in halves or thirds
1 cup slivered toasted almonds
2 T black sesame seeds

Convenience Is Killing Us

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | June 28th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home

tv dinner tray with medical supplies on it

I’m curious when we traded common sense for convenience. I’m guessing it was around the time we stopped trusting ourselves. The same time we started believing all those claims that we could “have it all.” We can. But we pay a price for it.

Spice Up Your Cuisine with Gaiam Flavor

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | June 18th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home

Story and photos by Kim Fuller

Welcome to the Gaiam Life food and recipe blog! We are getting our goods from our very own chefs in the Gaiam Café.

Starting next week, we will be posting at least one dish per week from the delicious and wholesome cuisine made fresh every day.

Let It All Hang Out: A Clothesline Buying Guide

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | May 20th, 2010 | 7 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Home

Hanging Laundry on a CloselineI don’t know about you, but I love doing the laundry when it involves line drying the load outside instead of using the dryer. It’s part pure eco-satisfaction, and I love how fresh the clothes seem as a result. It also appeals to my frugal side, since line drying can save $135 annually.

Other reasons why I love line drying clothes:

Flower Power: How to Find Happiness Among the Petals

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | May 20th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Personal Growth

Learn the power of flowers, and what it means for your health

The best physical results come when you take care of the whole person — mind, body and spirit! You could say I am a big fan of anything that will help change your mood and attitude, like affirmations, meditation and, yes, flowers too. In Minnesota, where things have been pretty drab and covered with snow for months, it is mood-changing to see all the flowers and foliage blooming.

Happy Chinese New Year – Bring the Energy and Passion of the Tiger Into Your Home

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | February 15th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Healthy Home, Personal Growth

Year of the TigerHappy Chinese New Year and the year of the Golden Tiger, which represents protection, courage and idealism. This passionate and honest creature is a radical (and welcome) change from that worrisome Ox of last year. We can all tap into the tiger’s vigorous hardworking energy to create a better world.

Room Resolutions: Decluttering & Redecorating Ideas for the New Year

Cheryl Terrace by Cheryl Terrace | January 20th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Decorating, Green Living, Healthy Home

FlowerArrangeJanuary is traditionally a time when we focus on all kinds of self-improvement. We make resolutions to lose weight, get healthier and get more organized. This is also a wonderful time to set an intention to create a healthier home environment — after all, our homes are a reflection of ourselves.

Just like dieting, releasing some of our old useless baggage allows us to become lighter — in body, mind and home! Excess items and habits in our lives weigh us down and make our energy stale. By getting rid of excess, we open up space in homes, our hearts and our minds.

Treat Swine Flu with … Basil?

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | September 15th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home

Could pesto be a prescription for swine flu? When I heard that some people are using basil as a treatment for H1N1, I had to know more. Here’s what I discovered…

It turns out that a variety of basil known as holy basil or tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), which has long been used as a medicinal herb in Ayurveda, is now being used in India and elsewhere to treat H1N1. According to WebMD, “chemicals in holy basil are thought to decrease pain and swelling (inflammation).”