Baking a Difference, 2 Big Ones at a Time
When I started to reduce the amount of animal products in my diet, I stumbled upon these cookies and was in heaven.
Liz Lovely cookies are a vegan masterpiece, but you don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy these sweet treats. Try a Cowboy, a Cowgirl, a Peanut Butter Classic, Ginger Snapdragon or a Mochadamia Mountains and you will know just what I’m talking about. Not only do these cookies taste amazing, the entire premise of the company is praiseworthy. Certified Organice and Fair Trade, these artisan cookies are made from scratch right in the Liz Lovely Bakery. You can even take a tour!
Make Room For Mushrooms
Labor Day weekend is coming up, and many people will be firing up the grill. A great meat (and veggie burger) alternative is the ever popular portobello mushroom. There are so many things you can do with this versatile fungi, but I think the easiest is to throw the entire cap on the grill, resulting in a burger-shaped meatless, but meaty, burger alternative.
Not grilling? Slice and heat it up on the stove-top with a little olive oil. Once soft, put it on some french bread, and top with your favorite cheese (I like provolone), and the optional red pepper, basil or oregano.
Chocolate Ice Cream in a Blender
A quick and easy non-dairy dessert without the need for a fancy ice cream machine.
Chocolate Ice Cream (Adapted from “Raw”Chocolate Ice Cream in The Raw Food Diet Detox by Natalia Rose)
Crush a handful of ice in a blender. Add 1 and 1/2 sliced bananas, 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (I like Equal Exchange), 1-2 packets of Stevia, 1 Tbs. Tahini*, and 3-4 Medjool dates without the pit. Mix thoroughly and add a couple more handfuls of ice to achieve and ice cream like consistency. Pour into 2 dessert dishes and top with shredded coconut, strawberries or your almonds.
*Tahini is essentially a sesame seed verion of peanut butter. While completely optional in this recipe (I kept forgetting to add it and never knew the difference!), sesame seeds are a great source of calcium, copper and essential fatty acids, and the tahini seems to help everything “stick” together better.
Traveling is a wonderful way experience and appreciate other cultures and landscapes, but it also takes a toll on the environment. According to The Green Book, air travel is becoming the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. The book also gives plenty of tips on how to make your travel more green by using less water and electricity in your hotel and offsetting your carbon emissions.
Another alternative is to be a tourist in your own city. Recently, when my brother-in-law came to town, my husband and I took him on a tour of our city of Indianapolis with the same energy and gusto we usually have on vacation. We took public transportation (which is limited in our city) and traveled by foot for shorter distances. I carried my digital camera and took as many photos as I would in a new city.
So next time you have some time off and you are thinking of where to go, consider seeing what you hometown has to offer and get away without leaving town.
Rolling for Autism
Congratulations to Rolling for Autism, who spent their summer roller blading from Florida to Maine to raise money and awareness for Autism. The team members, a group of outstanding students from Union College, spent 53 days on the road covering over 2,000 miles, hosting outreach events at several cities along the way. By targeting high school students, college students and young adults, Rolling for Autism hopes to inform and inspire the doctors, scientists, and parents of tomorrow by encouraging them to learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorders and the challenges they present for the growing population.
Mosquitoes suck. But you don’t have to let them! This time of year is great for camping and spending time outdoors, but who wants to cover themselves with ingredients that you’ve never heard of?
I bought Quantum Buzz Away Extreme before our last camping trip and came home mosquito bite and tick free. With ingredients like Soybean Oil, Citronella, Peppermint, and Lemongrass – not only did the bugs stay away, but the smell was surprisingly pleasant.
So next time you are headed for the great outdoors, check your local natural health store or go online for a natural way to repel those pesky bugs.
Blog Action Day
Blog Action Day has one goal in mind – to have bloggers around the world unite and post about a single issue. This year’s focus is the environment, and on October 15, bloggers around the world will be making their posts. The number of participating sites is at 2,735 and is growing. Interested in participating? Sign up at BlogActionDay.org today.
Trust Your Tap
Considering the environmental, economic, and public health concerns surrounding the issue, it is no surprise that plastic water bottles are the next big thing to ban.
Treehugger.com gives a world of reasons to turn to your tap. A more in depth article on the National Resources Defense Council site outlines even more reasons to avoid bottled water. But what about “taste”? Well, Aquafina has admitted that it’s source is tap water and it is likely that other bottled water manufacturers are likely to follow suit. Still having tap trust issues? Get local drinking water information online at the EPA web site. Likewise, if more people drink tap water, the demand for higher quality water will stay consistent.
So save yourself some cash, and help out the environment but filling up a SIGG or Klean Kanteen. Nalgene has been getting some mixed reviews (see their response here), but do deserve a pat on the back for their Refill Not Landfill campaign (proceeds will go to Native Energy). Bottoms up!
A Healthy Za
Whole Wheat Zucchini Tomato & Onion Pizza – Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Then, start the pizza by preparing a homemade whole wheat pizza crust by replacing at least half of the white flour in your favorite recipe with whole wheat flour, or find a great ready to go whole wheat or spelt crust at your local natural foods store. Add organic pizza sauce and thinly sliced tomatoes, zucchini, and onion. Throw on a little fresh rosemary and top everything off with a little organic mozzarella. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.
PB & Banana
For breakfast, I am a pretty typical Kashi Cruncher, but when I feel like something different, I love to making this simple recipe (that reminds me of my favorite childhood sandwich).
Peanut Butter & Banana Breakfast
1.) Start with one or two full size unsalted rice cakes (I use organic brown rice cakes).
2.) Spread each cake with Natural Peanut Butter (Either Creamy or Crunchy).
3.) Top it off with sliced banana.
4.) Add some natural honey or cinnamon to taste.