Guilt-free Egg Nog

Eggnog

On Saturday, I went to Christmas on the Farm at Traders Point Creamery. The winter market, farm fresh breakfast and organic hot chocolate were all delightful, but the real star of the show was the Traders Point Creamery’s new organic traditional eggnog.

Made with the milk and eggs from their very own cows and chickens, this organic eggnog is guilt-free not because of fat or calories, but because of the care that was taken in the making of it. Proving that you often don’t have to look very far to find traditional holiday flavors, that are made organically and locally.

Posted in Chew On This by Rhaya on December 10, 2007 | Permalink | 2 Comments

Homemade Gifts

Do It Yourselfers

It really is the thought that counts when it comes to these homemade gifts. Avoid the mall, and give a gift that that is one-of-a-kind.


CULINARY SKILLS?

Spiced Nuts – These are a tasty treat, that is a healthier alternative to the traditional holiday sweets.

Soup – If you aren’t traveling far, the gift of some soup (in glass jars, so it can be refrigerated or frozen) can be a truly appreciated gift. As a recipient, I can vouch for how grateful I have been for a gift like this, when the snow is falling and I am in the mood to eat something wholesome and warm. Need some ideas? Check out our recipes for chili, mushroom soup, corn chowder or apple butternut squash soup.

Local Goods – If you are traveling, put together a basket (or reusable bag) of locally-made edible gifts. Take the opportunity to tell the recipient about the reasons to eat local and on a lighter note, talk about the difference between how your region’s local foods differs from theirs.


CREATIVE SKILLS?

Pinecone Frame – A picture is worth a thousand words… especially when it comes in a handmade frame.

Paint Chip Card Holders – Use those free paint chip samples you picked up last time you redid a room, and make this business card holder for the hip individual in your life.

Terrarium – Give someone the gift of a green thumb (even if they don’t have one) with an easy-to-care-for terrarium. Look for apothecary jars (or similar container) at local flea markets, antique stores and/or garage sales.

Spoon Ring – Next time you are at the above mentioned local flea market, antique store and/or garage sale, look for a sterling silver spoon that you can turn into a one-of-a-kind ring.


SEWING SKILLS?

Bitty Booties – Create some original felt booties for the special little one(s) in your life.

Reusable Bag – No need to give an eco-friendly bag to someone if you can make one of your own! Especially sentimental (or potentially hilarious) if you can use a tank top that the recipient is familiar with.

Posted in Holiday Gift Guide by Liz on December 7, 2007 | Permalink | No Comments

Essential Oils, Take Me Away!

EO

I was one of the lucky winners of a weekly drawling over at The Daily Green, so I recently received this neat little travel pack of Essential Oil Products.   EO is a family company that makes high quality, essential oil based natural and organic care products for head to toe.  I hadn’t heard of them before so I did a little browsing on their website, which indicates that they are a certified Green Business and certified organic manufacturer.   And, they don’t do any testing on animals or use any animal products other than beeswax and honey. Read more about their philosophy here.

What I really like about actually using these great little samples that I received, was the wonderful smell which comes from the pure essential oils rather than artificial colors, dyes and fragrances.  You can see from the photo above each product is associated with some fabulous sounding aroma-therapeutic fragrance like “Rose Geranium & Sweet Orange” or “Lemon Verbena.”   Everything I got to try was so light and clean feeling, too.  I’m looking forward to trying a few more of their products, like their bath salts, and I may just do some “green” Christmas shopping right here!

Posted in At The Market by Liz on December 6, 2007 | Permalink | 2 Comments

A Waldorf Without

Waldorf

Until I went to the Local Harvest Lunch at Apple Family Farms, I had never had a Waldorf Salad. The reason for this was because one, I usually shy away from fruity salads, and two, I had never been offered one that didn’t have chicken in it. However, one night last week, I was looking at the food I had on hand (which included an abundance of apples and celery) and realized I had most of the ingredients necessary for a traditional Waldorf salad. Following a recipe I found in Self Magazine, I put together my own version of the Waldorf (without chicken).

A Waldorf Without

2 celery stalks, chopped
2 small Granny Smith apples, cut into bite sized chunks (leave the peel on for nutritional benefits)
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup lowfat plain yogurt
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 tbsp honey
1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Mix the above ingredients, and serve on a bed of lettuce. Serves Two.

Posted in Recipes by Rhaya on December 5, 2007 | Permalink | No Comments

Pampered Pets

Woof and Meow

Here at Green-Lemonade.com, we plead guilty to pampering our pets (evidence shown here, here and here). Don’t forget about your furry friends this holiday season, with one or more of the suggestions below.


SAVE (Gifts under $25)

Catnip Pillow Toy – $5.95 – Cats do love their catnip, and yours will especially love this toy, filled pure organic catnip, handmade in Montana.

Sckoon Organic Cotton Bone Pet Toy – $12.90 – While you might not be able to control everything that goes in your pup’s mouth, these toys are organic, inside and out, and use metal free, environmentally friendly dyes.

Bone of the Month Club from Three Dog Bakery – $16.95 – These treats are all natural, oven baked and sure to bring a wag to any dog’s tail.

Hemp Dog Collar by Earthdog – $22.00 – Hemp is an eco-friendly material that softens with wear. Not too mention, they are machine-washable, for those dogs that can’t resist a mud puddle.


SPEND (Gifts from $25 to $100)

Dog or Cat Treat Jar – $27.95 and $34.95 – These jars are better for storing treats than plastic. And by keeping treats in here, you can buy those natural treats in bulk (and thus reducing unnecessary packaging.)

“Nap” Cat Tree – $84.00 – Any cat owner knows how much cats like cardboard. Give your cat a place to curl up on this 100% corrugated cardboard contraption, treated with a zero-VOC, non-toxic paint.


SPLURGE (Gifts over $100)

The Farmhouse Dog Bed – $120.00 & up – “Generously stuffed with organic kapok” these soft beds are hand crafted with a washable cover.

Whiner and Diner pet feeding stations – $150.00 & up – These pet dishes are hand-made from recycled wooden wine crates. Stainless steel bowls and the elevation off the floor helps keep away bacteria, and assists in the digestion of food (especially in larger breeds).

Posted in Holiday Gift Guide by Rhaya on December 4, 2007 | Permalink | No Comments

Delicata Delicious

Delicata

We are in the midst of our first winter storm here in upstate New York, and after spending a few hours out in the snow today I was craving something warm and toasty.  Turns out, there was a great squash dish that I had been wanting to try which calls for delicata squash and maple syrup, two locally available ingredients this time of year, all roasted up with some toasted candied pecans and dried cranberries.  Perfect.

I cut the recipe in half, but otherwise followed it to a tee.  You can find it here, posted on  Food On The Food, a great food blog by a fellow Eat Local Challenge participant.  

Posted in Recipes by Liz on December 3, 2007 | Permalink | 1 Comment

Congratulations to Jill!

The Squeeze

Congratulations to Jill Simpkins, the winner of a random drawing from our debut issue of The Squeeze, a monthly Green-Lemonade newsletter delivered right to your inbox.  Jill forwarded the issue to lots of friends, was entered to win, and will now be receiving a SIGG Swiss Engineered Water Bottle.  Thanks Jill, for spreading the green word and we hope you enjoy your SIGG! 

Rumor has it that Jill will be running her first marathon next spring for Team in Training so the SIGG will probably come in handy for her training.  Go Jill!

Posted in Green-Lemonade News by Liz on December 3, 2007 | Permalink | No Comments

A Recipe For Wellness

Maya Bradstreet

The following is an excerpt from an interview with Maya Bradstreet of A Recipe For Wellness. Click here to read the full article.


Tell us about A Recipe For Wellness.
Forgive me, as I just can’t resist the pun…

‘A Recipe For Wellness’ is:

1 part health counseling
1 part nutritional advice
1 part cooking instruction

Stir ingredients together with a generous sprinkling each of motivation, fun & love. The result is a healthier, happier individual making lasting diet & lifestyle changes.

My client is someone who’d like to raise energy levels, get a handle on their cravings, achieve a healthy weight, and/or recover from any acute or chronic illnesses. And my program is not about food pyramids, calorie-counting or diet plans. Instead it’s about adding wholesome foods to the dietary repertoire, including those that aren’t necessarily found on a plate! Yes, I do believe there are many other things that ‘nourish’ us other than what we put in our mouths…like our relationships, career, exercise routine and so on…

I have always been passionate about wellness. And likewise about cooking. I learned through my own health experiences that food is indeed medicine, and that we can heal if given the proper nourishment our bodies need.

What is the most rewarding thing about being a health counselor and what is the most frustrating?
Watching clients have those ‘aha’ moments is so rewarding. Whether they’re discovering a new recipe, a favorite local food product – or realizing that they have food sensitivities, or even that their cravings could be emotional in nature. Witnessing someone become more intuitive about their diet and their well-being is pretty remarkable!

Frustration – not with health counseling but with the food industry: it’s those middle aisles of the supermarket, full of sugary, processed foods with who-knows-what ingredients that tease shoppers away from easy, nutritious, wholesome foods. There’s plenty of ‘organic junk food’ too – brands are trying to capitalize and jump on the organic band-wagon…but those cereal bars, chips and tv dinners simply are not good for us – even if they are selling ‘health’ to the consumer.

Do you have a favorite recipe and what is it?
That’s a toughy… it changes, based on the season and what’s available and freshest at the time. Not to mention the mood I’m in of course! My latest go-to is my ‘infallible greens’ recipe. It’s fast, easy and nutritious! And can be eaten as a side dish or stirred into any grain or pasta dish.

INFALLIBLE GREENS RECIPE (Serves 1-4)
Seriously – you can’t screw this one up!

1 bunch dark leafy greens (choose from kale, collards, broccoli, etc)
1-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil*
1-4 cloves garlic
Water or stock – enough to coat bottom of pot
Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Optional: 1 onion chopped

Clean greens and tear or chop into desired size pieces.

Heat oil in wide skillet or pot. Add garlic (and onion if using) and cook over medium heat until golden/brown.

Add greens, liquid, salt & pepper, and bring to medium high. Cover and cook until tender (1-5 minutes).

*For something different, try coconut oil

Prep time: 10 minutes

What are your goals for the upcoming year?
I’d like to affiliate myself with several medical clinics so I can help patients who are dealing with diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease or cancer. And I’d like to work more with women who are pre-post natal. I also hope to get involved in several farm-to-school programs in the St. Louis area, exposing children to healthy, local foods and teaching them about nutrition through this medium.

Read the Full Article…

Posted in Interviews,Recipes by Rhaya on December 2, 2007 | Permalink | No Comments

That’s a Wrap!

Bag Wrap

Much of the waste that is generated around the holidays comes from wrapping paper. If your family promises not to peek, you could go try going wrap-free under the tree. But for those who can’t resist temptation, these are some wrapping options and alternatives that won’t take as big of a toll on the environment.

Recycled Paper
Call around or look online for recycled paper options. For some modern designs, check out Fish Lips Paper Designs. Their paper is made with 100% Post-Consumer recycled paper with soy-based inks. Green Girl Gift Wrap also offers recycled paper, that is printed with soy ink and 10% of your purchase is donated to environmental causes.

Tree Free Paper
NepalesePaper.com offers luxe designs on a paper that is both “tree free” and fair trade. The paper is made from the bark of the Lokta bush (using sustainable practices), and the entire process of making the paper is really quite fascinating. Other tree free options are ones made with hemp blends, like these at Paporganics.

Reusable Paper
Try wrapping you gifts in something you already have, like the paper bag I used in the photo above. Other ideas include newspapers (who hasn’t received a gift wrapped in the comics?), old maps or calendars. Use old magazines and catalogs to create beautifully wrapped gifts like Danny Seo does here.

Reusable Alternatives
Paper can be a little hard to save and reuse, but fabric can be used over and over. Or do as my mother-in-law does, and wrap a few boxes with removable lids, to be used year after year.

Wrap a Gift in a Gift
Eco-friendly reusable bags are great ways to conceal the gift, and are presents in themselves! This is an especially good idea if you have plans (like I do) to travel by plane over the holidays. This way, there is no need to take a lot of extra luggage to hold boxes of wrapped gifts. I’m just going to pack the unwrapped gifts, and then when I arrive, put them in the totes, tie the handles together with a little reusable ribbon, and put them under the tree!


Once gifts have been opened, save any paper to reuse next year. If you are with someone who tore into their gift and the paper is beyond repair, your nearby Paper Retriever can take any Christmas paper as long as it is not the “foil” type.

Posted in Living Green by Rhaya on December 1, 2007 | Permalink | No Comments

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