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Creative Ways to Eat Leafy Greens

People today are seen crazy about greens. Once you begin with your leafy green habit, you will never stop. The green is considered to be the most nutrient rich group found in vegetables with a number of benefits. The green leafy stuffs like chard, kale and collards have lots of absorbable calcium which is an important element for vegans. Besides, you will find the green leafy things rich in Vitamin, A, B C, along with Vitamin K. They are loaded with chlorophyll antioxidants which play a key role in fighting cancers.

These all provide you enough reasons to consume green in your daily food. But how to consume them is a big question, which is answered here in this article. Here you will find a number of creative ways of eating leafy green. The below is the list of top five creative ways of consuming leafy greens:... read more

Green Your Kitchen & Save Money!

seventh generation paper towelsI love any way that I can make my home more eco-friendly and save money.  Luckily, when it comes to “greening” your kitchen, you’ll find that it’s also cheaper to make the transition.... read more

  1. Avoid using single-use food containers.Instead of putting leftovers in Saran-Wrap, foil, or Ziplocs, keep lots of reusable alternatives around the house.  Instead of Ziplocs and sandwich bags, I’m a fan of The Lucky Butterfly’s handmade cloth sandwich and snack bags.  For other food storage containers, opt for glass (like Pyrex), ceramic, or stainless steel.
     
  2. Make your own cleaners. You’ll save a ton of money, you can keep chemical use to a minimum, and you can reuse cleaning containers over and over again.  The Joy of Green Cleaning by Leslie Reichert is an excellent book with recipes on how to keep your kitchen sparkling using safe, eco-friendly ingredients.

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Waste

We all know the adage:  reduce, reuse, recycle.  I try to put "reduce" first whenever I can, and whatever I'm still stuck with, we'll reuse or upcycle, and then ultimately recycle.  

Here are ten super duper easy tips to help you reduce waste:... read more

  1. Remember your reusable shopping bags. We’ve all got tons of reusable shopping bags, but how frequently do we actually remember to bring them to the store?  I’ve gotten much better about remembering them lately and I do this by covering my bases.  I keep a few bags in my car, a few in my purse (ChicoBags fit everywhere!), a couple in the basket underneath our stroller, and some by both our front and back doors.   Don’t forget reusable produce bags – I like the produce sacks by Earthwise.  They’re mesh and take up little space.
     
  2. Drink tap water. No need for bottled water – most tap water in the U.S. is safe to drink.   There are lots of reusable water bottle options these days for when you’re on the go!   If your tap water has a funny taste, buy a good filter.  
     
  3. Cook at home and from scratch. We’re all busy and it’s hard to cook from scratch every night, but try picking a two or three days a week where this is something that you do.  Think about all the packaging when you buy premade food.  I love me some chicken tikka masala from Whole Foods Market’s prepared food section, but it still comes in a plastic tray which is also wrapped in plastic.  So wasteful!  

Making your vino green-o!

eco-friendly wineEvery autumn, we spend the day at our favorite orchard and winery, Russell Orchards in Ipswich, Massachusetts.   We take a hayride pulled by a tractor that uses their own donut grease as fuel, pick wonderful apples, and taste wine.  We have a fabulous time whenever we go and we stock up on their homemade wine.  Most of their wines ciders are made from fruit that they grow right on the farm, making the wine a localvore’s dream.  

We love the experience of visiting the orchard, but more importantly, I love the idea of drinking locally made wine made of locally grown fruit.  It definitely helps to green the wine-drinking experience.... read more

Giveaway! Tinted Stainless Steel Food Container with Divider from New Wave Enviro

Remember the awesome stainless steel food container that I reviewed last week?  Now it's time to win one, courtesy of New Wave Enviro!  

Here are the giveaway rules:... read more

Are Applesauce Pouches Recyclable?

I'm sad to say that I developed an unkeen, ungreen habit in 2011.   Sometime after my son's first birthday, he went from eating almost everything served to him to being the type of kid who would prefer to exist off yogurt, mac and cheese, and crackers.  Sigh.  

Frustrated, I'd wander the supermarket aisles trying to think of what I could possibly feed my picky son.  Then at my local Trader Joe's, I noticed these:

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Pouches of applesauce - some plain, some with carrots, some with bananas.  To my surprise, my son loved them.  These pouches (and also the GoGo Squeez which I could buy in bulk at Costco - and a few other brands like Peter Rabbit Organics) quickly became my son's favorite snack while out and about.  Healthy, mess-free, portable...I could stuff a bunch in my purse for a quick snack on the go.  Genius, right?... read more

Time to Whip Cream!

At any holiday party you'll usually find pies for dessert, with whipped cream for topping them.  Our own holiday party is coming up this Sunday, and I was tempted to buy Reddi Whip or some other canned whipped cream to accompany the desserts.  But one look at the high prices for canned whipped cream, not to mention the waste of packaging, reminded me why I always whip my own. 

A can of whipped cream, which is enough to top two pies, costs anywhere from $2.50 if it's on sale to $5 regular price, and that's assuming you're not buying organic. The can is a nightmare for recycling facilities because it's made of metal that is interlocked with plastic components. ... read more

UPcycling Your Pumpkins!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing the term upcycling all over the place lately, despite not being quite sure why the new trendy word.  In fact, it wasn’t until just recently when I finally searched the definition that it started to make sense, and I kinda got really excited about it!  (And since we’re talking upcycling pumpkins here, I thought you might like to know what it is too…)  Upcycling, at its basic core: is to reuse something in a way that cretes something of higher value or quality than what it started as.  Oooh!  Snazzy!  Instead of getting rid of something in a better way (recyling), here’s to a creating a whole new and improved item!  Love it.  So, since it’s October and we here in the U.S. are about to burn through approximately 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin, I thought it only appropriate to offer you some UPcycling ideas.  (Otherwise that’s a whole lotta pumpkin sitting in landfills…)... read more

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