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Green Beer: Not Just for St. Patrick’s Day

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | March 10th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bars, beer, beer bottles, beer cans, brewery, brewing, carbon-footprint, celebration, delivery, drinking, eco-friendly, emissions, environmental footprint, green, green beer, holiday, Irish, local, New Belgium, organic, Oscar Blues, Otter Creek, recyclable, recycling, Samuel Smith, St. Patrick's Day, USDA, Wolaver's

When I told my husband I picked up some green beer, he assumed I meant a brew reserved for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (which is strange since I usually don’t even wear green that day).

No, I bought the other kind of green beer: eco-beer — extra refreshing whether it’s March 17 or any other day. I don’t remember ever seeing ecological beer in the States, so I was intrigued when I saw the label while living in Sweden last year.

The True Cost of the Clothes on Our Backs

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | November 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Giving Back, Green Living | tags: apparel, Bangladesh, cheap, China, Clothing, costs more, environment, expensive, fair wage, fair-trade, fashion industry, free trade, garment factories, India, Indonesia, laborers, natural, organic, pay, sweat shop, sweatshop labor, sweatshops, thailand, women, workers

Fair Trade Clothing

I can trace my path to eco-awareness from a desire for undershirts. Baby undershirts, to be exact.

Recipes: Homemade Baby Food Purees

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | June 19th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: babies, baby food, baby food purees, carrots, children, cilantro, flavors, fresh herbs, fruits, healthy-eating, homecooked baby foods, homemade baby food purees, leeks, mother nature, natural foods, organic, palates, parenting, purees, recipes, red bell pepper, roasted red pepper, thyme, vegetables

Carrot Leek & Thyme Baby Food Puree

Just as our grown-up taste buds are programmed to enjoy glorious, nourishing foods from Mother Nature, so are our babies’! Babies have a hardwired fondness for sweet tastes from the moment they enter the world. Their first sweet stop? Mother’s milk. From there, usually sometime after six months, babies begin to eat “solids,” which gives us parents an opportunity to guide their taste buds in a way that will allow them to explore and experiment with a broad range of flavors. The goal? By showing them what true, natural flavor really is, babies have a chance to fall in love – on their own – with foods that love them back!

“Green Lemonade! Fifty Cents!”

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | May 30th, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Family Health, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: artificial flavors, children, compost, compostable, environment, green kids, Green Living, high fructose corn syrup, kids, lemonade, lemonade stand, organic, paper, parenting, plastic, recyclable, recycle, recycling, reusable, sugar, summer

Green Lemonade Stand

When my daughter held her first lemonade stand this past week, I was so caught up in the “milestone” aspect of it all that I totally missed out on an opportunity to add an environmental lesson to the mathematical/economical one.

Recipe: Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad with Poached Eggs

Pooja Mottl by Pooja Mottl | February 27th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: arugula, ayurvedic medicine, balsamic vinegar, bitter, bitter greens, blood oranges, cara cara oranges, citrus zest, clementines, coffee, complete proteins, control food cravings, cravings for sweet, digestive health, dijon mustard, dressing, egg yolk, eggs, endive, escarole, local produce, mizuna, mother nature, mouth, natural sugars, northern California, olive-oil, orange harvest, orange wedges, oranges, organic, palate, pasture-raised, poached egg, radiccio, recipe, red wine vinegar, rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper, salty, seasonal dishes, seasonal shopping, shop local, stimulate digestion, sustainable shopping, sweet, tabasco, tastes, watercress, weight-loss, whole-grain toast, winter produce

Bitter Greens & Citrus Breakfast Salad with Poached Eggs

There are several pieces to this unique and oh-so-yummy recipe.

The first has to do with the use of bitter greens. Bitter greens, such as radicchio, arugula, mizuna, escarole, endive and watercress, bring a pungent yet wonderfully unique flavor to the palate. Their bitter notes, similar to what you get from citrus zest and coffee, are also tinged with a fresh coolness, and do wonders for your digestive health. In many cultures, bitter greens are used to stimulate and tone the digestive system and in Ayurvedic medicine, bitter tastes aid in weight loss and help control food cravings — particularly the craving for sweet. When paired with natural sugars, such as what you get with ripe, luscious oranges, bitter greens will make your mouth sing!

Seasonality is another key to the dish. Winter signifies the orange harvest, especially in Northern California, where I currently reside. In this recipe I used small clementines, but feel free to experiment with Cara Cara oranges, blood oranges or any local orange that you can get your hands on. The more local and sustainable, the tastier the fruit!

But the real “pop” to this recipe is the dressing! The rich and deep sweetness of the balsamic paired with fresh-squeezed orange juice coats the greens and vegetables with just the right amount of bitter, sweet and salty. Then, combined with a hint of spicy Tabasco, myriad tastes come alive!

With the addition of pasture-raised, organic eggs, this dish packs in one of Mother Nature’s most complete proteins. Just remember to accompany a poached egg with some whole-grain toast to soak up all that yolk. Enjoy!

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.

Delivering Zen

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | July 24th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Girlfriend@Gaiam, Giving Back, Green Living, Health & Wellness | tags: aromatherapy, box, chocolate, conscious consumerism, Cosmetics, delivery, eco-friendly, eco-products, environment, environmentally friendly, flower elixirs, flower essences, food, gifts, green iving, himalala salt, infusions, Japan, Kopali Organics, lohas, lotus wei, monthly subscription service, natural products, organic, paper towels, people towels, personal care, Primavera, reusable products, snacks, tea, Teatulia, yuzen, Zen

Yuzen

Whether it’s a free sample at the grocery store or a new brand your best friend just recommended, discovering a fantastic new product is almost like falling in love.

That’s why it felt like Christmas in July when we unwrapped Yuzen’s July “box of Zen,” beautifully packaged and filled with products that are nourishing for the body, soul and planet.

Yuzen, a Boulder, Colo.-based company, makes it easy to find — and fall in love with — the best new eco-friendly products. It’s also an invitation to pause and take a quiet moment to enjoy some of life’s simple pleasures: a hot cup of tea, the smell of fresh flowers or a mouth-watering bite of dark chocolate.

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

Serving tasteful food

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:

4 Ways to Green Your Valentine’s Day

Jodi Helmer by Jodi Helmer | February 7th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Relationships | tags: cards, chocolates, DIY spa, eco gifts, eco-friendly restaurant, fair-trade, flowers, gifts, holiday, holidays, i love you, jewelry, locally-grown food, love, organic, organic cotton robe, out to eat, recycled paper, reflexology, Relationships, spa, Valentines Day, Valentine’s Day

istock_000005074709smallI’m a sucker for love letters and chocolate, so it should come as no surprise that I look forward to Valentine’s Day. Show a little love for your partner and the planet by having an eco-friendly holiday this February 14!

Here are four ways to do it:

“Let Food Be Thy Medicine…”

Bevin Wallace by Bevin Wallace | October 30th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: bovine growth hormones, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast-cancer, cancer, commercialization of breast cancer, exercise, feeding kids, Fitness, fruits, healthy-eating, hormones, organic, pink, Susan Komen, vegetables, Vitamin D, xenoestrogens

Pink Doughnut

Well, October has ended, and I don’t know about you, but I am a little “pinked out” these days. Don’t get me wrong: I appreciate that October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and of course it’s wonderful that organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for breast cancer research over the years. I hope that cancer research eventually finds a cure for this awful disease, and I fully support getting out and racing for a cure and even buying a pink umbrella or Cuisinart if you’re in need of a new one.

But the cynical side of me — and the side that’s a mom of a young daughter — is a bit irked that the commercialization of breast cancer has overshadowed any talk of prevention, specifically the lifestyle choices we can make to help protect us from the disease.