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6 Ways to Find Eco-Friendly Restaurants

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | June 4th, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: csa, dining out, eat local, eating at restaurants, eating local, eating out, eco-friendly restaurants, energy conservation, Energy Star, Green Restaurant Association, green restaurants, healthy-eating, LEED, LEED certified, organic, seafood, sustainable food, vegetarian, water use

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One of the biggest things you can do to support and encourage responsibly raised food is to vote with your wallet. You may be patronizing CSAs and farmers’ markets for local produce, buying organic brands from your supermarket, and studying nutrition labels for evils like high fructose corn syrup and artificial preservatives. But if you’re eating in restaurants blissfully ignorant of where the food on your plate comes from, then you might be undermining your efforts.

Choose the food you eat in restaurants just as wisely as what you choose to eat at home, and your choices will be more likely to influence the foodservice community to change their ways and offer more environmentally friendly choices on their menus. Plus, with restaurants, being green goes beyond the food they serve — restaurants can, and should, be conservative with energy usage, use eco-responsible construction methods, and treat their staff fairly.

Do a little research on the restaurants in your area, or before you travel to other cities, to find businesses that care about the environment. These tips will help you make the best choices:

Links That Lift You: Happy Hooping, Princess of Garbage and an Aah-vacado Salad Recipe

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 25th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Giving Back, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: avocado salad, cheap, clutter, dining, Earth Hour, EarthHour.org, eating out, eco restoration, Elephant Journal, energy, exercise, Fitness, HistoricGreen.org, hula hooping, Hurricane Katrina, LearnVest, letting go, MizFitOnline, money, New-Orleans, Paddle Surfing, power, restaurants, self confidence, self-love, Stand Up Paddle, SUP, The FindMeFit blog, treehugger

From time to time, we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live fit, live healthy, live green and live happy. Here are this week’s finds.

Health & Wellness

Hula Hooping and Self-Love

Dining Out with a Conscience

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | July 8th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: charity, cleaning methods, community involvement, dining out, eating out, energy efficient, free range, Green Restaurant Association, green restaurants, humane meat, LEED, local food, organic, salvaged, sustainable eating, sustainable seafood, vegetarian

One of the biggest things you can do to support and encourage responsibly raised food is to vote with your wallet. You may be patronizing CSAs and farmers’ markets for local produce, buying organic brands from your supermarket and studying nutrition labels for evils like high fructose corn syrup and artificial preservatives, but if you’re eating in restaurants blissfully ignorant of where the food on your plate comes from, then you might be undermining your efforts.

Dining Out by Design

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | January 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: diet, eating in season, eating out, restaurants

seasons52picThere’s a restaurant chain here in Atlanta called Seasons 52. Its concept is genius: Every entrée is under 475 calories. Self-described as “seasonally inspired healthier dining,” there’s a focus on seasonal cuisine and healthy ingredient choices and cooking methods like grilling.

Dining Out by Design

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | January 21st, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: counting calories, dieting, eating out, seasonal foods

There’s a restaurant chain here in Atlanta called Seasons 52. Its concept is genius: Every entrée is under 475 calories. Self-described as “seasonally inspired healthier dining,” there’s a focus on seasonal cuisine and healthy ingredient choices and cooking methods like grilling. The best thing are the desserts: After your dinner plates have been cleared away, the server brings a tray bearing a bunch of shot glasses lined up like soldiers. Layered in each glass is a different parfait-like dessert, like pecan pie, red velvet cake, and key lime pie. You’d think a 1-ounce shot glass of these luscious desserts wouldn’t be enough to be satisfying, but the miniature size encourages you to slowly savor the treat, taking tiny spoonfuls and truly enjoying it. And at the end, you realize you are indeed satisfied with the tiny portion, and the smaller, healthier meal on the whole.