It has been over a year and a half since I purchased my sea sponge for the kitchen from Saint John’s Sponges at the Farmers Market. After 6 months of use, I had to broadcast to the world wide web about the joys of using a sea sponge. I initially thought that $8 was expensive for a sponge so I decided to cut it in half, thinking I would get two full life cycles. Even after 18+ months my half-sponge is going strong. So strong, I decided to give the other half to my parents and was surprised to learn that my dad enjoys using it.
Eating raw is growing in popularity and I see how raw food really does a body good from digestion to providing energy to maintaining a healthy weight. It is recommended that you eat raw food to start off your meal to aid in digestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals and other good stuff. While it takes a great deal of effort and dedication to prepare and stick to a full raw diet, you can start enjoying portions of most meals with a lot less time investment. This is where salad comes in. Here are some tips and tricks to make your salad tasty, easy and sometimes fun to make.
I know that it is “in” right now to snub the big box grocery stores. Don’t get me wrong, I highly recommend shopping at a Co-Op and supporting local products. At the same time I make a concerted effort to shop at the chain grocery too. My strategy is to only purchase organic products from these chain grocery stores.
Why support these “Goliath” chain grocery stores? Here are my four reasons:
I have been hearing the term “old is new again” quite a lot lately. People talk about how we should live like our grandparents. While I agree, it is a bit more challenging to live like our grandparents when real, organic, non-GMO food prices are so high. Today double and single incomes alike need to find ways to save money and time by taking more of a DIY approach to food.
The most effective way to save money when eating clean, non-GMO and organic food, or as your grandparents called it, “Food” is to cook at home with ingredients you have selected.
Now that it has been a week without Gluten, I wanted to share some tips and observations. First off, I noticed that Gluten-Free products are usually more expensive than their Organic “only” counterpart. There is a wide selection of products. Since gluten-free brands are usually focused on the clean aspect of food, buying the organic and gluten-free may not be 100% necessary, saving you some money.
I took advantage of a great deal from local Venice Bakery and that yielded at least a 2 months supply of gluten-free pizza crusts and flatbreads great for sandwiches. To keep as long as possible, place in the freezer. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first but after trying these crusts, I didn’t miss the gluten one bit. You too can enjoy Venice Bakery as they deliver via the “interwebs” to your door.
I attended the Green City Fair organized by the TreePeople in their adopted park in the hills off Mullholland Dr in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, there is no public transportation anywhere close to the facility though Tree People has been lobbying the city. Instead, I drove the shortest distance and parked inside Franklin Canyon Park in northernmost Beverly Hills and hiked about 1.5 miles up and around a little lake and reservoir through a neighborhood of homes with great views all the way to the event.
Shouldn’t it just be called food? I received a comment from a fellow GreenUp! community member who is quite concerned, “It feels as if nothing is real anymore, not even our food.” You bring up a great point, we need to be extremely concerned about what we are putting in and on our bodies. Food contains now contains Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) at higher rates than ever. You thought pink slime was scary, well meet meat glue, which is not from an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
As you must know Earth Day is officially this Sunday, April 22nd. Find Earth Day activities and events in your area. Better yet, make-your-own event as close to home as possible. Invite your friends, family and neighbors and show your neighborhood pride.
I am adopting the alley behind the church around the corner.
I am currently helping three friends purchase a new or pre-owned car. My top goals are to minimize the time and distance required during the purchase process and get the best deal possible. Here are some tips on making an informed and greener purchase of your vehicle.