An (Organic) Apple a Day + The Best Applesauce Recipe

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | October 22nd, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: apple fritters, apple juice, apple pies, apples, birth defects, budget, chemical pesticides, chemical warfare, clean 15, conventional food, dirty dozen, GMOs, high fiber, insecticides, kitchen coach, leukemia, nervous system, organic, Organic Applesauce, organic food, organophosphates, peanut butter, pesticide exposure, stanford, USDA, vitamin C, Whole Foods

apple sauceWhat should I buy organic if I’m on a limited budget?

As a kitchen coach, I probably get asked that question more than any others. If I’m in an expansive mood, my answer can quickly veer into eye-glazing territory. I’m pretty passionate about organic food and tend to get long-winded when discussing things like the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15, the reasons why we want to avoid GMOs, the potential health risks of chemical pesticides, and, finally, how to clarify priorities since organic can be expensive.

But if I’m ever pressed to pick one single food to buy organic, the answer is quick and easy: apples.

The 5 stages of green (and how to get to the best one)

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 10th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: climate change, global-warming, GMOs, lead in toys, optimism

I often get invited to conferences and consumer shows to offer up my advice for living a greener, healthier life. After outlining all the ways we’re polluting our planet and our own bodies — along with advice on what we can do about it — I frequently end with a chirpy “thank-you for listening. Have a great day!” And I’m often met with incredulity. Finally one person asked me outright how I could remain so upbeat and energetic knowing everything I do about our planet’s peril. It’s a good question.