Sunday, November 10, 2013
Renowned chef and nutrition activist Jaime Oliver exposes the malpractice of creating "pink slime" out of ammonia-treated animal byproducts (unintended for human consumption). A must-watch video -- especially if you let your child eat at McDonald's ... or at school.
Monday, October 28, 2013
|Gummy Bears by Yummy Earth|
Sunday, October 27, 2013
|Organic, GMO-Free Tostitos|
There are many restaurant-style tortilla chips on (and in) the market these days, but in my mind, none holds a candle (or a corn cob) to the crispy, light, just-right salted perfection of a Tostito chip. It's like a bite of sunshine in your mouth. It's just too bad that sunshine had to made out of genetically modified ingredients. That's right - like most corn products, the regular Tostitos brand is tainted by the engineered path by which it obtained its corn. As a matter of fact, the Tostitos parent company Frito Lay is still fighting a class action lawsuit that would like to see the company remove the "all natural" title from its chips since most will argue that corn grown from genetically modified seeds can hardly be called "natural." (Perhaps Frito Lay will change the wording to "All-Lab Created") In the midst of this controversy, Frito Lay did something smart: they produced an organic, GMO-free chip that tastes exactly like the GMO version. This one is called "Simply Natural," is sold at all major grocery stores, and will run you about one dollar more per bag. Is it worth the extra money to avoid feeding your family genetically altered food? I believe it is - for now. I also believe that if we tell companies we want more organic, GMO-free products then the demand will push down the cost and soon everyone will be able to afford to eat GMO-free.
Monday, August 26, 2013
So - I ran out of butter the other day and didn't realize it until I was taking the baked potatoes out of the oven. Oh a whim, I decided to use coconut oil in place of butter (with a small dollop of sour cream) and of my gosh -- what a taste sensation! I happened to have Dr. Bronner's unrefined, whole kernel "Magic Fresh Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil" on hand, which is far more hearty and tasty than any other brand I've tasted. It gave the potatoes the slightest tinge of coconut flavor without overpowering them. The best part was the hard potato skin, which (post-baking) I lathered in coconut oil and sprinkled with salt. Voila - a new family side dish! And thanks to the heart and skin benefits of coconut oil, one that is as healthy as it is tasty.
Friday, August 23, 2013
|Nontoxic Method for Killing Fleas: Apple Cider Vinegar|
I ran a bath for my precious new pup last night (her very first night home), soaped her up, then rinsed her off with a solution of 1:1 organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. I fluff dried her with a towel and this morning -- all we could find on her were dead fleas. No more live ones! As a bonus, her fur was extra shiny and soft (just like my hair is when I find time to do a vinegar rinse to it). Now I'm planning to try the vinegar rinse on our dog weekly to see if it helps keep future infestations at bay. I'll be sure to post updates on our progress.