Food And Drink : Recipes

Falafel and Tzatziki (Vegan)

Falafel is a quick, easy to make Middle Eastern snack that served with a refreshing dip will have everybody asking for more. You can prepare this snack one or two days in advance and finish it just before the party.

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Homemade Organic Popsicles

Surviving the summer is not easy. This heat has become unbearable, and it is getting more and more difficult to find the escape from it. There is nothing we want more during the hot summer days than to relax with some cold refreshments. And what can be more cold and refreshing than a delicious ice cream or ice popsicle? But, truth be told, these days it is hard to know which kind of ice cream is actually good for your family. We simply don't

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Natural Vs. Organic – What’s the Difference?

Being a conscious grocery shopper isn’t as easy as you might expect. There are so many different labels on everything from produce to packaged goods it can all get a little confusing. Unfortunately, many of these labels can be very misleading and are slapped on products simply as a way to increase sales. Perhaps the biggest confusion is between natural versus organic. Many people think natural and organic mean the same thing, but this

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Backyard Chickens -The Ultimate Eco Pet

Pets can be a wonderful addition to home and family life.  They provide company, comfort, affection, and are a source of interest and often entertainment.  As living creatures they help us to connect with nature and be closer to the natural environment. Pets can contribute to our well-being. Perhaps for some they are a connection with a more rural, less urban life style, reminiscent of a time where animals and people were dependent on each

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The Top 15 Clean Fruits and Veggies to Enjoy

In movies and in real life if there are villains and there are, of course, heroes. When USDA Pesticide Data Program has come up with the top 12 dirtiest fruit and vegetables, they also came up with the top 15 clean ones. Being clean does not mean that there are zero pesticides on them, but among all the vegetables and fruits tested they have the minimum number of chemicals and pesticides. The best advice is to choose to eat organic fruits and

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The Top Dirty Dozen Veggies and Fruits

Eating vegetables and fruits is one way of keeping healthy but according to the annual research of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, listed below are the top dirty dozen that you should clearly avoid. Each year USDA creates the list to highlight the amount of pesticides that are used in the production of fruit and vegetables and so you can have a choice in avoiding them in your diet. Remember, these are

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Spinach – The Super Healthy Power Food

Want to have muscles as big as Popeye’s? Learn how to save your Olive Oyl from the clutches of Bluto? No need to look further on how it can be done – the answer lies in Popeye’s favorite super meal – the mighty organic SPINACH! That may be the cartoon depiction of spinach, it may even have been a ploy to get children to eat more, but it is there any truth in its magical properties? What is Spinach? Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an

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10 Ways to buy Organic Food on a Budget

There has been an urban myth circulating for decades that to eat organic you need to be a millionaire. When you’re poking around the supermarket at the processed food to find the lonely organic counterpart, it’s easy to look at the price and go into ‘sticker shock’ at the difference. Is organic food really that expensive? In that store, maybe, but in general – no. Here are 10 ways to eat good, organic food on a budget. DITCH

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Wonderfully Sweet Ways to Use Honey

Honey is getting some pretty sweet press lately, and there’s a reason (or a few hundred reasons) why. Naturally sweet, antibacterial, and loaded with enzymes and healing properties, honey is one of nature’s most versatile creations. First, let’s talk quality. If you’re in the market for honey, head to your local farmer’s market or beekeeper and buy it raw. As with most things, commercial honey has fallen victim to our over-processed

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5 comfort foods you need in your grocery cart today

I’m all for buying local; in fact, it’s become a passion of mine. Buying local means that your food is fresher, cleaner, and greener, and that your money stays in your community, supporting local growers. That being said, there’s a thing or two to be said for a weekly trip to your local supermarket.   One of the best aspects of today’s grocery stores is the wide availability of everything from tropical fruit to international

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What Makes Organic Food Organic?

What Makes Organic Food Organic? Organic foods are fast becoming the first choice of those that want to eat a more healthy diet, make a conscious choice about where their food comes from and be environmentally responsible. The labels ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ are used on the packaging of a myriad of products, but what makes organic food organic? Understanding what the ‘organic’ label really means can help you make the right choices and

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