How To Build a Better Easter Basket

As much as you want to feed your kids the best, it’s hard to resist all the brightly colored fun of the Easter basket. If we’re honest, it’s a bit of nostalgia for us too—who doesn’t remember the excitement of finding a full basket on Easter morning? When else is a chocolate bunny for breakfast acceptable?

But just because we want to pass on this fun tradition doesn’t mean we need to fill the kiddos with food coloring and questionable ingredients. Here’s six ways to build a better Easter basket for your little ones. Continue reading

Tomatoes Are Heroes—Cancer Fighters and Much More

Everyone knows that tomatoes are good for them, and a very easy fruit (yes, they are a fruit, not a vegetable. Look it up) to add to many a meal. But there’s so much more to them than meets the eye.  Tomatoes are fat-free, high in vitamin C, low in calories—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

One serving of tomatoes is full of other essential vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, folate, and potassium.  All of these elements are necessary for good health.  Tomatoes have even been called the healthiest food in the world because there is so much that they can do for your body.  Continue reading

Colony Collapse Disorder: Where Are the Bees?

You may have been hearing about this in the natural news recently—bees have been disappearing from their hives. This phenomenon is called “colony collapse disorder”, or CCD, and it happens when worker bees from a beehive or bee colony abruptly disappear.  There are very few, and in some cases, no adult honeybees in the hive, but a live queen remains. Additionally, no dead honey bee bodies are present.

There has been a large rise in the number of disappearances of Western honeybee colonies in North America. Honeybees pollinate many agricultural crops worldwide, meaning that colony collapse disorder has a significant economic impact on farming, food costs, and more. Continue reading

Permaculture: Get in the Zone

One of the goals of permaculture is to be self-sustaining, and to do this design is required. Dividing your permaculture property into zones enables the most positive connections between areas by being able to position different ingredients, like plants, animals, aquaculture, pasture, orchards, forest and housing. Zone design allows for the maximum efficiency of the site, which is the ideal.

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David Dietrich: UltraMarathon Runner Powered By Go Raw

David before his first Tough Mudder race in California.

“I’m still trying to figure that out myself!” said David Dietrich when I asked him why he was doing this round-the-world all-action trip. It all started last year, when he decided to look up flights to New Zealand, and realized it didn’t cost much more to keep going…round the world.

David is from Vienna, Austria, and was working nine-to-five in the financial industry while doing his university degree. The suit and tie, daily grind and office life didn’t appeal to David, and when he lost his father two years ago, he started wondering what he was really going to do with his life. Continue reading

Exploring Meat Free Week and Sustainable Living

Who’s been following Meat Free Week with our Australian brethren? Have you found many delicious recipes to try? How’s it been going?

We wanted to pull a few more perspectives in for Meat Free Week, and introduce Simon Bryant, a chef from Australia who is helping to promote it. He’s not necessarily vegetarian, but he’s definitely an advocate of sustainable farming and very outspoken about stopping animal abuse. Continue reading

Permaculture: The Brave New Better World

Everyone seems to be trying to be more eco-friendly these days, from buying free trade coffee to buying from farmers markets. But thankfully the trend is a positive one that’s growing in our country of excess—we need to try to curb our culture of disposability.

It’s good to know that people have actually been trying to preserve the environment for hundreds of years through something called permaculture. Technically, permaculture is a branch of ecological design that develops sustainable architecture and self-maintained agricultural systems that are modeled after natural ecosystems.  It focuses on care for the earth, care for the people, and return of the surplus. Through this, a permanent culture is created and integrated into a truly sustainable system.  It is the perfect balance between man and nature to ensure that all living things are cared for and treated with respect. Continue reading

Meat Free Week: March 24th – 30th

When Australia is mentioned, what do you think of? Surfers, Bondi Beach, the Great Barrier Reef? Or how about Aborigines, Ayers Rock and Crocodile Dundee? Kangaroos and koala bears?

Well, whether you think of cute furry animals or bonzai surfers, Australia is also known for Meat Free Week, a seven-day challenge to eat a vegetarian diet. Why? Because Australians eat three times more meat than the world average, and the organizers of the event want to raise awareness of how this can put pressure on human health, the environment and especially animal welfare. Continue reading

The Road to Recovery After a Side Effect Changed One Woman’s Life

Jenne Wilcox and her husband on their wedding day, before the operation that changed her life.

We’ve all seen the commercials on TV advertising different drugs. “Ask your doctor,” they say, before reciting a scary list of possible side effects. That list can frighten anyone away from taking those prescription drugs.

But, if you think about it, ALL prescription drugs have a scary list of side effects, it’s just that we don’t usually see them on TV. And sadly, those side effects do harm people.

Five years ago, a Northern Californian elementary school teacher went in for a routine sinus surgery. To head off a potential post-op infection, Jenne Wilcox’s surgeon prescribed an antibiotic that is normally used for the worst infections. In Jenne, it caused a catastrophic adverse reaction. Her central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems were affected, as well as her musculoskeletal system, including her tendons, joints and muscles. Continue reading

St. Patrick’s Day Peppermint Love Shake

 

We’ve all had a guilty pleasure or two in our lives, haven’t we? Even if we eat extremely healthy, organic and sustainable 98 percent of the time, we’re still human, right? And we understand, we really do! That’s one of the reasons we love to make junk-free food that people can enjoy without feeling guilty.

But every once in a while that chocolate dessert, that drive-thru, that little something will just be too hard to resist! And, if what we’ve seen on Facebook is true, there are a few people out there missing the Shamrock Shake… Continue reading