creative seed starter containers

Wow, if you’re into starting seeds, and recycling at the same time, here’s a useful and creative idea! Follow the link for the full story, and instructions.

http://www.desperategardener.com/2011/03/creative-containers.html

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green smoothie

Don’t worry if this looks unappetizing to you, that is a natural first time response! I can say by experience though, that if you give these a chance, they just might lure you into a long-lasting, and rewarding relationship! The benefits? Energy, clarity, weight loss, brighter eyes, and those are just the benefits I’ve seen first hand.

First timers: Start with more fruit and less greens, until you are convinced these are not as bad as they seem.

The below recipe is what I put in this smoothie, which tasted delicious by the way! Fruit way overpowers the greens.

Large Batch of Green Smoothie
4-5 cups of water
2 apples, chopped slightly
2 bananas
2 dates
6 leaves of collard greens
6 leaves of red swiss chard
two chunks of green cabbage
3 slices of orange I had in my fridge-leftover from kid’s lunchbox
1/8 lemon with rind
two tablespoons flax seed oil
handful of of ice

Other successful smoothie ingredients:
Lettuce, kale, grapes, figs, honey, beets and their greens, pomegranate, carrots, celery, parsely… the list goes on. I’d love to hear what your favorites are!

label those GMOs

93% of Americans want the FDA to label genetically engineered foods. How about you? If you think you have the right to know whether your food is natural, or genetically modified, then take a quick moment to visit this site. Your voice can be heard and it’s only a click or two away.

http://justlabelit.org/

And while we’re on the subject of GMOs, if you’d like more information about what they are, and how they can affect your health, try visiting this site for more information.

http://www.organicitsworthit.org/quick/gmos-101?gclid=CKiI9ITfoq4CFUff4Aod9jkdPQ

skin deep

Concerned about what exactly is in those products you are slathering on your face, hair, and body? If not, maybe you should be. Did you know that cosmetic and personal care companies are allowed to use almost any ingredient they wish in their products, and that the U.S. government doesn’t review their safety before they’re sold?

Thanks to Environmental Working Group, there is a website called “Skin Deep”  that has done most of the research for you! Just type in your favorite lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, sunscreen, etc., to find out just how safe it really is for you or your children.

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/