Winter is known for its comfort foods, which we will happily be indulging in next week with Thanksgiving. But this time of year is also know for its more methodical and slower recipes that take time to create as they nourish the mind, body and […]
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We just finished reading the National Green Pages, an incredible guidebook for socially responsible shopping, living, and tons more! With the holidays coming, you’ll find tons of useful information on the greenest businesses in the country and more you’ll discover an extensive range of ideas for greening your lives, work, and community.
What You’ll Find in the National Green Pages:
Featuring thousands of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, the 2017 National Green Pages is a great resource for those who wish to create a safe and healthy home, promote peace and justice, protect the environment, and support a living wage for workers.
We also loved reading all of the informative articles such as how to shop for organic clothing, a product comparison to help you decide to buy green or make cleaning products on your own, eco-friendly body care, green remodeling, eco-travel, responsible banking and investing, and much more.
Another cool aspect about the companies featured in the 2017 National Green Pages is that they have to go through a careful certification process to ensure that their environmental and social responsibility claims are accurate. These businesses are certified by Green America for their social and environmental impacts, so you can rest assured that they actually back their claims. In addition to providing information on specific companies, the 2017 National Green Pages details the types of green businesses “you need in your life,” as well as the types of business “sucking the life out of your community,” and helps readers avoid greenwashing.
Hard copies of this year’s National Green Pages can be ordered for $12.45 per copy including shipping at http://www.greenamerica.org/pubs/order/ or by calling 1-800-58-GREEN. Green America members also receive the National Green Pages for free. Membership is available starting at $20 at: http://bit.ly/2fi0YUR. Information about companies certified by Green America can be accessed online at www.greenpages.org, which includes a search feature to find green, healthy, and ethical products and services.
Enjoy and happy green shopping!
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How crazy is it that Thanksgiving is next week? As we mentally prep for the day (cause family), we are also collecting some healthy recipes to make sure that we get our greens amongst a day that is know for gluttony. Whether you are hosting Thanksgiving on your own (wow!) or are just showing up a as a guest, having healthy options is a great way to balance this meal and even have, dare we say it, a healthy Thanksgiving!? To help us out we are sharing some delicious recipes from our friends at Terra’s Kitchen, a healthy meal delivery service that are sure to inspire your Thanksgiving Day side action.
Healthy Thanksgiving Day Side Dishes
Brussels Sprouts With Grapes & Walnuts
To make, preheat your oven to 375° F.
Line a baking sheet with foil (this really helps with cleanup).
On the baking sheet, toss the Brussels sprouts (7 ounces) and grapes (7.5 ounces) with 1 tablespoon olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, 3 tablespoons shallot, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
Spread evenly and roast until sprouts are tender and golden brown (about 20 minutes).
Basil-Infused Skillet Roasted Corn
To make, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon garlic in a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Add 1 more teaspoon garlic, corn (as much as you’d prefer), and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
Sauté 5 minutes or until corn is tender.
Stir in basil (add to your liking).
Crisp Haricots Verts in a Sweet and Sour Bacon Sauce
Roughly chop your bacon (as much as you prefer) and add to a large skillet over medium high heat.
Cook until crisp. Turn off heat.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked bacon to the paper towel lined plate.
Place skillet back over a low heat.
Stir 2 tablespoons shallot into bacon renderings and cook, stirring until translucent (2 minutes). Whisk in 2 tablespoons mustard, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/3 cup water.
Increase heat to medium-low, add haricots verts in a single layer and cook, stirring occasionally, until beans are just cooked but still crisp (approximately 6-7 minutes)
Broccoli and Apple Salad
To make, bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil.
Add broccoli (7 ounces). Cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Drain broccoli, and plunge in a large bowl of ice water to stop cooking.
Pat the broccoli dry with paper towels. Chop the apples (5.5 ounces).
Make vinaigrette: Whisk together 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Combine broccoli, apples, pepitas, and onion in a serving bowl. Add vinaigrette and toss to coat
Enjoy and happy healthy Thanksgiving!
In our quest to eat as healthy as possible, the snack category can sometimes fall a little short in satisfying our healthy needs. Sure, we try to grab a piece of fruit whenever it’s humanely possible, but sometimes we just want a snack with a little more crunch that isn’t loaded with sugar. This weekend we tested a snack (and breakfast option) that falls into these categories with the Organic Superseed Crunch by Absolutely Gluten-Free, a company committed to offering delicious products that also happen to be gluten-free.
A product that has been two years in the making, the Organic Superseed Crunch line includes three yummy flavors (Cinnamon, Original and Toasted Coconut) that seriously pack a punch in the flavor department. Made with flax seeds, chia seeds, and sesame seeds, this wholesome snack is packed with Omega 3 ALA, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and antioxidants!
As a granola-bar like snack, we love eating it as when hunger strikes, which is basically every couple of hours, or as a topping to our morning oatmeal that delivers a nice crunch factor coupled with a mild sweetness. You can also add it to yogurt, fruit salads, or even ice cream, which is a great option for kids to get some much-needed nutrients throughout the day. It’s also a really convenient snack that we like to place in small bags, along with some nuts, for a tasty snack that keeps us satisfied when we are running around.
You can find the Organic Superseed Crunch line at supermarkets, big box and natural food stores. Absolutely Gluten-Free Organic Superseed Crunch is packaged in convenient 4.5 oz. re-sealable bags (six to a case). It’s all-natural, certified gluten-free, OU kosher, non-GMO, vegan, dairy and soy-free, low in sodium and USDA Organic.
For more information, please check them out at http://absolutelygf.com.
I was not paid for this post. I was provided with some samples for review.
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