organic foods

Freaking Out Over a Juice Box

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | January 20th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: eco guilt, eco-friendly, environment, family, go green without guilt, green guilt, juice box, organic foods, perspectice, plastic bottle, plastic bottles, recyclable, recycling, save the planet, straw that broke the camel’s back

A friend recently reported to me that she was taken to task by a green-leaning colleague for selecting a juice box to drink at a networking function. Juice boxes, the eco-narc proclaimed, were NOT recyclable in their municipality. My friend sheepishly sucked on her tiny plastic straw, convinced that all her attempts to live green — riding her bicycle to work, growing her own organic produce — were wiped out by this one transgression.

“More, Peas!” One Mom’s Delicious Take on Plant-Based Dinners

Sarah Matheny by Sarah Matheny | August 24th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: black bean burgers, children, cooking for kids, dairy free diet, family meals, family-style dining, feeding kids, healthy food, healthy-eating, meatless, meatless lasagna, meatless Mondays, milk free, organic food, organic foods, organic ingredients, Peas and Thank You, plant-based diet, Sarah Methany, sustainable diet, vegan, vegan recipes, vegetarian, vegetarian lasagna, vegetarian recipe

Boy eating vegetablesWhen Sarah Matheny, creator of the popular blog Peas and Thank You, decided to eliminate animal products from her diet, she knew there’d be skeptics. Her grandpa was a butcher and her mom cooked with no fear of butter. But now Sarah is a mom who wants to feed her children right. Her new book, also titled Peas and Thank You, is a collection of recipes and stories from a mainstream family eating a not-so-mainstream diet. It’s filled with healthy and delicious versions of your favorite foods, but with no meat, lots of fresh ingredients and plenty of nutrition for growing Peas. From wholesome breakfasts to mouth-watering desserts, it’s easier than ever to whip up crowd-pleasing meals that will have the whole family asking for “more, peas.” Here are Sarah’s thoughts on dinner, along with a few delicious recipes from the book.

Put Mother Nature to Work Feeding Your Family

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | February 19th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Healthy Eating | tags: food, healthy-eating, natural food, organic, organic foods, organic garden

My grandfather, not one given to understatement, frequently declared many modern-day foods to be “poison” and dismissed them with a wave of his hand. Among the offenders? Margarine (“anything that doesn’t freeze at freezing temperatures isn’t right…”). Pam cooking spray (“work of the devil!”). Whipped cream in an aerosol (“Unnatural!”).

I can only imagine his response to today’s offerings.

Gifts From the Kitchen

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | December 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: christmas, food, organic foods

Recently I re-read the entire “Little House” series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, books that I was enchanted with as a child. As an adult, there were plenty of things I noticed that had escaped me as a child, from the occasional whiffs of prejudice against Native Americans to Ma’s displeasure at her husband’s wanderlust ways.

5 Tips to Optimize Your Nutrition for Vibrant Health

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | August 5th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Detox, Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | tags: 7 keys to UltraWellness, diet, fiber, fruits, good nutrition, health, healthy food, healthy-eating, organic foods, supplements, vegetables, vitamins

fresh-salad-photo

Confused about what good nutrition is?

You shouldn’t be — we know what works and what doesn’t.

In a moment, I will share five simple tips to help you optimize your nutrition and achieve vibrant health, but first let me clear up a few misconceptions.

#1 FAQ for Obamas Is About the Garden

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | April 10th, 2009 | 5 Comments
topic: Celebrity Planet, Green Living | tags: Michelle Obama, organic foods, organic garden

michelle_garden“The President and I went on this long trip,” said Michelle Obama in People. “We were in many, many countries. And the number one question I got as the First Lady from world leaders — they were all excited about this garden.”

She was referring, of course, to the new organic White House Kitchen Garden.

Lisa Marie Presley on Getting Back Her Pre-Baby Body Organically

Suzanne Byrne by Suzanne Byrne | January 15th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Celebrity Planet, Family Health | tags: healthy-eating, lisa marie presley, organic foods, pregnancy, prenatal, weight-loss

The new People features a photo spread on Lisa Marie and the twins. Photo courtesy of People magazine.
The new People features a photo spread on Lisa Marie and the twins. Photo courtesy of People magazine.

For some reason, I’ve always liked Lisa Marie Presley. I don’t know if it’s because she reminds me so much of her iconic father — or if it’s her take-no-bull attitude. I think it’s the latter. So since the 40-year-old singer gave birth to twin girls last year — their names are Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love — I’ve been dying to see which magazine the first photos of they’d would land in.

Be First on Your Block to Get a Farmer

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 25th, 2008 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: eating local, farming, food, food ethics, healthy-eating, organic foods

I recently entertained some friends and, when complimented on the meal, made reference to “My farmer …” My friend Allison held up her hand to stop me mid-sentence. “Wait a minute,” she said. “… Your farmer?”

Answering Your Questions About “Organic”

Everett by Everett | November 11th, 2008 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness | tags: beef, farm, farming, health, milk, organic foods, vegetables, what does organic mean, what is organic

USDA Certified Organic Logo

This post marks the start of a mini-series of posts in which we will choose a different topic and answer commonly-asked questions about it.

Obviously one can’t know everything about everything so the idea is to do some of the research for you and provide links to sites that can answer these questions in more depth.

Yes, you need a peanut butter mixer

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | October 23rd, 2008 | 4 Comments
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Health & Wellness | tags: cooking for kids, healthy-eating, natural food, organic foods, peanut butter, peanut butter mixer

I have to admit that I’m not much of a peanut butter fan, but my nephews were coming to stay with me for the weekend so I picked up some kid friendly organic foods for them.