November 30, 2010

Deodorant Crystal Fights Body Odor Naturally

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Last year, we reviewed Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal spray on and roll on products. Both of these products do not hold up under rigorous testing and need reapplication; however, I have had better success with the Naturally Fresh Crystal Deodorant with Aloe Vera.

Ingredients
Natural Mineral Salts, Ammonium Alum.

I've tried deodorant crystals before without much luck, but perhaps I've always done it wrong. I didn't know you were suppose to wet the crystal first.

Another wonderful feature of a deodorant crystal, besides the safety of the simple, natural ingredients, is that it lasts a really, really long time.

If you are looking for a very cheap, effective natural deodorant, sprinkle baking soda in your armpits. It really works!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 29, 2010

Fight Holiday Relationship Stress Disorder with Natural Averna Herbal Liqueur

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With all the wonder and merriment of the holiday season, it can take its toll on relationships. Holiday Relationship Stress Disorder (HRSD) results, but Averna has a solution:

HRSD is often triggered in males when they view credit card statements around the Holidays, which highlight increased spending on questionable items (e.g. another snow globe). Females have encountered HRSD while having to make sure they're dressed appropriately for church and/or hoping the 25 hints they've strategically placed for the perfect present was actually noticed.

The recommended dosage to ease HRSD is a 4 oz pour of Averna Amaro neat or over ice. Richly textured and made only from natural ingredients, Averna is distilled from a delicate blend of flowers, herbs, dried fruits, spices and licorice. After these succulent flavors are soaked in alcohol with a touch of caramel, the final result is unique and complex spirit renowned for its ability to settle the stomach.

I enjoy herbal liqueurs, and I appreciate the origins of Averna. Founded in 1868 by Italian Salvatore Averna, drinking this liqueur is like drinking history. Although Jagermeister may be more popular with college crowd, a more sophisticated palette appreciates Averna.

Although this product is all natural, I must point out that our sample was shipped in a box full of styrofoam peanuts.

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November 26, 2010

Green Black Friday Deals: $7 Alternative Earth Organic Shirts!

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I highly advise you don't go out to the madness of Black Friday shopping today. In fact, it is wisest to show your support for Buy Nothing Day in response the overconsumerism of our culture and this holiday season; however, I can't help but pass on some great organic clothing deals!

Alternative Earth is offering organic shirts at amazing prices! These shirts have become the staples of my wardrobe, and the prices are deeply discounted! The ladies scoop neck t-shirt is very flattering and the perfect length for today's layering styles.You can't even by stylish t-shirts of conventional cotton for these prices. I seriously want one in every color, and although organic t-shirts may not be the most exciting gift, it is an item everyone wears (and don't forget yourself!)

$9.99

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November 24, 2010

Really Natural Cookbooks: Vicki's Vegan Kitchen

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Vicki's Vegan Kitchen: Eating With Sanity, Compassion & Taste is full of delicious recipes and instructions. These nutritionally balanced meals sometimes try to imitate meat dishes, like "Vegan 'Chopped Liver'", whereas others simply stand alone in taste and uniqueness, like "Cucumber-Wakame Salad".

Veteran cookbook author Chelf (Cooking with the Right Side of the Brain) expands the vegan culinary universe in this collection of 375 meat-, egg- and dairy-free dishes for those with dietary restrictions. Yes, there are smoothies, Tabouli, and Hummus, but Chelf helps readers expand their diets with vegan versions of pizza, lasagna, and even Cheez Whiz in this accessible and imaginative guide. Chelf's creative concoctions enable vegans to enjoy French Toast, béchamel sauce, pie, and a mock beef stew that finds its umami in seitan, tahini, and liquid aminos. A guide to vegan-friendly sources for key ingredients, and foods to avoid or seek out ensures larders will be stocked with healthy staples. Helpful step-by-step instructions for baking bread and making noodles, and tips on sprucing up soups and smoothies inspire confidence and enable cooks to expand their culinary repertoire. Though special ingredients are often required for many of her dishes, Chelf does an admirable job of keeping things as simple as possible. This is a terrific guide for vegans tired of settling for a salad.

There are plenty of recipes in this cookbook that would be a wonderful addition to any holiday meal.  Whether your holiday meals are 100% vegan or you have a vegan guest, everyone will love these dishes. 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 23, 2010

The All Nighter Styling Powder: Save Water, Save Your Hair & Scalp

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I used to shampoo my hair every day until my hair dresser suggest I cut back. Not only does my natural shampoo last twice as long as a result, the texture of my hair has improved, as well as my scratchy scalp. In fact, many people advocate abandoning shampoo all together.

Although, I am not ready to go completely "No Poo", my reduced shampooing schedule does sometimes leave my hair looking a little greasy in front. One solution is to use a powder for this small problem area.

The All Nighter Styling Powder - Hair Powder / Dry Shampoo - Brown/brunette is 100% all natural and does not contain talc.

The ALL NIGHTER Styling PowderTM is the ULTIMATE all natural hair powder / dry shampoo / styling product to build volume, absorb excess oil, freshen hair and extend your blowout. It gives body to limp, lifeless hair and eliminates the need for excessive shampooing. It gives matte texture and awesome volume and body. The ALL NIGHTER Styling PowderTM is effective on sqeaky clean hair and really works wonders on hair that is 2nd or 3rd day between washings! Scrunch. Zhuzh. Fluff.

According a Princeton University study, the average women in the US uses 2500 gallons a year washing her hair four and half times a week. That's a lot of water this product could help you save, as well reduce your exposure to chemicals if you don't use natural beauty products. 

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 22, 2010

Organic Ancient Grains Granola: Nature's Path Partners with Kirkland Signature

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Nature's Path Organic Ancient Grains with Almonds is my absolute favorite granola! I discovered this product at Costco, only to also receive it as a product review too. Coupled with Greek yogurt, Ancient Grains is the perfect breakfast or afternoon snack.

The ancient grains in this excellent granola are:

-Spelt: Considered to be of prehistoric origin, spelt is an early form of wheat that contains notable amounts of iron, amino acids and fiber.

-Kamut Khorasan Wheat: Buttery wheat believed to be of Egyptian origin and kept alive by peasant farmers in Egypt and the Middle East. Kamut contains higher levels of lipids, amino acids and vitamins than durum wheat.

-Amaranth: This grain was so important to the Aztecs that Cortez, in an effort to destroy the Aztec culture, declared that anyone growing amaranth crops be put to death. Thanks to some seeds that were smuggled into Asia, you can enjoy its lively, peppery taste and high quality protein.

-Quinoa: Originally cultivated by native people of the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands, quinoa is known as a complete protein, including all the essential amino acids that our bodies can't make by themselves.

-Oats: Crushed grains of oats that have been rolled into flakes, these are an excellent source of iron, dietary fiber and thiamin.


Nature's Path is one of the few health food companies that has stayed independent. At first, I was a little wary to see they had partnered with Kirkland, but this is not a corporate takeover. I am not in the least bit worried this partnership will degrade Nature's Path in any way, and it will make their organic products more accessible and affordable to the masses. I also really appreciate that Nature's Path shipped this product with eco-friendly packaging.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 19, 2010

5 Million Tons of Holiday Waste Will Be Created This Season


Although the holiday shopping season is not in full swing yet, it is important to consider consumption and waste.
Via: Organic Consumer's Association

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November 18, 2010

Chevy Volt Named 2011 Green Car of the Year


We haven't even rung in the New Year yet, but Chevrolet's plug-in hybrid Volt has already won the Green Car of the Year award for 2011. The Chevy Volt hasn't even hit the streets, but Green Car Journal felt it deserved the award. Daily Finance reports:

The Volt beat out the Nissan (NSANY) Leaf battery electric vehicle, Ford's (F) Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Hyundai's (HYMLY) Sonata Hybrid and the gas powered Ford Fiesta, Green Car Journal said Thursday at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Volt and Leaf had been considered the two favorites for the award.

 

The accolade added to what has already been a good week for General Motors, which emerged from bankruptcy last year and went public again this week. GM, which raised its common-stock price range and expanded its IPO earlier this week, priced shares Wednesday at $33 a share, the high end of GM's range, and opened Thursday trading at $35.

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November 17, 2010

From Coconut Milk to Frozen Ice Cream: Soy Delicious Dairy Free


There are a lot of dairy free products on the market, but many of them just don't add up in texture and flavor to what they are trying to replace. Not so with So Dairy from Turtle Mountain. This abundant organic line is certified vegan and kosher. Every single product we have tried, we have liked! Here are some of our favorites:

So Delicious® Coconut Milk Beverage:

NEW! The world's first (that we know of) coconut milk beverage is now So Delicious!
Slide over soy milk and move over dairy milk, something new and exciting is coming to the milk aisle, So Delicious® Coconut Milk Beverage! Enjoy it on cereal, in coffee, in recipes or just in a tall glass. One sip and you will say, "Wow, that is So Delicious!"

Purely Decadent Made with Coconut Milk:
Purely Decadent's new line of coconut milk ice creams are perfect for ice cream lovers who want to eat healthier without compromising taste. Sweetened with low-glycemic agave syrup, they are dramatically lower in fat, calories and sugar than most premium ice creams. But because they are made with coconut milk, they are incredibly creamy and smooth .

So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt:
NEW! The world's first (that we know of) coconut milk yogurt is now So Delicious!
You'll be amazed from the very first spoonful at this amazingly creamy yogurt experience without the dairy or soy!

So Delicious Minis:
Get one of your favorite dairy free desserts in one of America's most popular novelties, the classic ice cream sandwich - a true favorite for all ages. These delicious treats are a superb dairy free snack anywhere - anytime.

So Delicious™ Drinkable Cultured Coconut Milk:
We originally referred to this product as 'kefir' because its properties and functional benefits derived from probiotics are consistent with the dairy-based kefirs currently in the marketplace. However, after carefully listening to our consumers we realized that many are not familiar with the term "kefir' and that a clearer, more direct description was in order.

We have decided to use a name that better describes what the product is -- a drinkable cultured coconut milk. Although the name has changed, it possesses the same creamy taste, ingredients, nutritional profile, and functional properties as before. Namely, it still contains powerful prebiotics and probiotics that can strengthen the immune system and improve digestion when consumed on a regular basis and incorporated into a healthy diet.


So Delicious® Coconut Milk Creamer:
NEW! A world's first, coconut milk creamer is now So Delicious!
At last we have created a delectable and healthy coconut milk alternative to traditional coffee creamers. Coconut milk is naturally rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) such as lauric and capric acid, which are known for supporting the body's immune system. Now you can enhance your favorite beverages with your choice of three delightfully rich flavors.

The coconut coffee creamer is especially good, and it is a great replacement for Silk Creamer. I find Turtle Mountain to be a much more reputable company than Silk, who has dumped organic US soy farmers and tricked consumers by switching to non-organic sources. Recently, guests to my house raved about the coconut creamer in their coffee!
Although we are recognized first and foremost for our products we are perhaps most proud of our contribution to the environment. As a sponsor of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) we provide much needed funds to help save the ever-shrinking habitats of sea turtles. Our dream is to one day hear that the populations of the many endangered species of sea turtles have stabilized and are on the rebound. Until then we will make every effort to help the people at STRP fight to save these wonderful creatures.


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November 16, 2010

FDA Wants to Fast Track Genetically Engineered Salmon Without Consumer Labeling


Via Center for Food Safety:

With your support, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) has successfully stopped the commercialization of genetically engineered (GE) crops such as alfalfa, wheat, rice, sugar beets, and pharmaceutical crops. Now we are faced with a new challenge - the pending approval of GE salmon. Through our legal petitions and pressure on federal agencies and our government, we've been able to keep this hazardous new fish out of our waters and off our plates for the past ten years. Unfortunately, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)--under serious pressure from the biotech industry--is now set to approve GE salmon, making this the first GE animal ever approved for human consumption.

These GE fish pose serious risks to wild and native salmon and our marine environment and could potentially outcompete, and wipe-out, any remaining native salmon populations. To make matters worse, the human health impacts of eating GE fish are completely unknown.

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November 15, 2010

Clif Bar Energy Bars Seasonal Flavors are Back!

With the holiday season getting into full swing, the return of seasonal flavors of Clif Bars has returned with an added bonus: 1 percent of net proceeds to benefit Winter Wildlands Alliance.

 

"Once again this year we received a lot of phone calls and emails asking when our holiday-inspired flavors would be available. Well, the wait is over," said Carly Lutz, Clif brand director. "And this year we're proud to support Winter Wildlands Alliance in its preservation efforts - a cause anyone who enjoys outdoor winter adventures can get behind."

Winter Wildlands is the only national organization focused on issues that affect "human-powered" winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding.

Clif Bars seasonal flavors are:

At first, I was going to critique the seasonal bars for not being organic, then I examined the label more closely. These bars contain 70% organically-grown ingredients. I think it is reputable of Clif Bars not to plaster their label with a USDA organic label when 100% of the ingredients are not organic.  That shows integrity often not found in times when organic has simply become a marketing term.  

My favorite flavor is the Cranberry Orange Nut Bread. There's no reason your energy bars can't get into the holiday spirit!

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 12, 2010

Putamayo Presents Yoga: Music That's Not Just for Asanas

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Putumayo Presents Yoga is a musical CD filled with tunes from around the world. Although I am not a big fan of music during my yoga practice, these soothing tunes are comforting to play anytime.

Yoga is Putumayo's first CD release featuring songs selected to accompany yoga practice and serve as a relaxing soundtrack for daily life. Rooted in ancient Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions, the practice of yoga has evolved over the past 5,000 years. Adopted by millions of people around the world, yoga provides a vehicle for greater health and spiritual awareness. Music has long had a close relationship with yoga, particularly in the Bhakti tradition, which incorporates musical chants into its practice. Yoga features renowned musicians from around the world. British-born, South Indian artist Susheela Raman duets with Kenyan singer Ayub Ogada on the harmonious "O Rama." Krishna Das, who is the best-known US performer of traditional Indian kirtan-style music, demonstrates call-and-response chanting on "Hanuman Baba (Dub Farm Remix)." Costa Rican group Amounsulu create a serene atmosphere by blending sitars and glass bottles on the song "El Bosque Eterno de los Niños (Children's Eternal Rainforest)."

Many people find music during their yoga practice helps them focus their breath and clear the mind. This CD is a nice collection to accompany your asanas and vinyasa; however, I simply enjoy listening to it while I write and clean.  I think it would be too relaxing for driving; it might put me to sleep.

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November 11, 2010

What is the Best Replacement for Mercury Fillings?

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I'm one of the lucky ones that does not have any filling in my mouth, but not all of my family members are so lucky. Silver amalgam fillings contain mercury, and although it can be expensive, replacement is advised.

Dr. Lina Garcia, DDS, DMD of Mercola.com has written an excellent post explaining dental filling options.


I believe that the ideal replacement for a mercury-amalgam filling is an all-porcelain inlay or onlay.

Porcelain is a ceramic material that most closely resembles natural tooth enamel in terms of appearance and functionality, and it is the most biocompatible restoration material available on the market today. ("Biocompatible" means that it is as neutral as possible when placed in your mouth, and it is most agreeable with the rest of your body.)

Porcelain is the best choice, even if biocompatibility tests conclude that you would be okay with other materials like gold, platinum, or composite resins (made of an acrylic plastic).

Why?

Because porcelain is chemically inert and does not contain any ionized metal or plastic.
Dr. Garcia's post is an excellent resource to help you safely replace your mercury fillings and finding the best dentist to do it.

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November 10, 2010

The No-Nonsense Guild to Popular Wines Ranks Vintages by Good, Better, Best

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Good, Better, Best Wines: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines is an easy reference tool for wine drinkers. Ranking commonly found vintages by from good to best, this handy little book makes buying wine easy.

The first buying guide to focus exclusively on the best-selling wines in North America that you can find anywhere!

When it comes to wine, your "wants" are pretty simple: a good wine, at a price you can afford, that's stocked at your local wine shop or supermarket. Good Better Best Wines gives you just that. It reveals in plain English, the good, better, and best wines available for the dollars you're willing to spend--up to $15--along with photos of clearly labeled bottles to make wine shopping easier.

And because Good Better Best Wines is the first book to rank the best-selling wines in North America--think names like Beringer, Kendall-Jackson, and Woodbridge--you bet they'll be stocked at your local store


Each variety is explained before ranking the popular wineries that make them. Since I only drink locally-grown wine from organic grapes, none of my regular brands are featured.  I can't really comment on whether or not I agree with the author's findings, but I do think a locavore wine diet is best.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 9, 2010

Canning Jar Lids Contain BPA Too

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Many people grow and can their own fruits and vegetables in an effort eat healthily, as well as avoid BPA in the lining of cans. Many people have switched to drinking water from mason jars to avoid stainless steel water bottles made in China, as well as plastic. Unfortunately, canning jar lids also contain BPA. Natural News reports:
Bad news has emerged for those hoping to avoid exposure to the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) by canning their own vegetables: BPA can also be found lining the lids of canning jars...

Since canned food and plastic are major sources of BPA exposure, many consumers are now shifting to foods in glass and even canning their own vegetables. Unfortunately, the white underside of the metal lids on these jars is also lined with BPA...

People canning at home might try glass or BPA-free certified plastic lids. Meanwhile, Jacob suggests another action that all of us can take to help reduce our exposure: contact the FDA and ask for a ban on BPA.


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November 8, 2010

Really Natural Green Holiday Eco-Friendly Gift Guide 2010

The following recommendations for eco-friendly gifts come from our favorite products we've reviewed in 2010.  Happy Holidays!

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Gifts for the Cook:

  • Really Natural Cookbooks: Greek Revival: Cook for Life:  Greek Revival: Cooking for Life by Patricia Moore-Pastides is a beautiful cookbook filled with delectable recipes and incredible photographs.  From roasted cumin carrots to stuffed eggplant and zucchini, there are plenty of recipes to please any palate from vegetarian to omnivore.  
  • Really Natural Cookbooks: Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes: From the makers of my favorite chocolate, comes an incredible cookbook! Green & Black's Chocolate Recipes, Revised Edition is the kind of cookbook that makes you drool. Not only is it filled with incredible organic chocolate recipes, it also gives you an education into cocoa (e.g. growers' associations, education, cultural information).
  • Really Natural Cookbooks: The Homesteader's Kitchen Recipes From Farm to Table: Every once in awhile I come across a cookbook that I get really excited about. The Homesteader's Kitchen: Recipes from Farm to Table is full of delicious, whole food recipes, as well as incredible photographs. It is motivating to me as a gardener to inspire new creations in the kitchen from what I have grown. From Miso Vegetable Soup to Brown Rice Cream with Dates, Cinnamon, and Vanilla, your palate will not be disappointed.
  • Really Natural Locavore Cookbooks: Emeril Lagasse Farm to Fork: If you have a garden or love to shop at farmers' markets, you know the value of cooking with fresh, local ingredients. Famous chef Emeril Lagrasse does to and has written a cookbook to help you stay creative while maintaining locavore ideals. Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Cooking Fresh is an aesthetically pleasing cookbook filled with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes.
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November 5, 2010

Homeopathic Pain Relief by Topricin

topricin.jpgIf you suffer from chronic pain, like arthritis, or need relief from aching pain, such as a sports injury, Topricin offers a natural solution. Topricin makes "odorless, greaseless, FDA regulated homeopathic biomedicine formulas". We were sent three Topricin products to try:


  • Topricin Anti-Inflammatory Pain Relief Cream
    Great for your bag or pocket!!! Topricin provides pain relief by improving circulation and attracting and stimulating the body's healing chemistries at the site of pain. Topricin delivers reliable pain relief, improving quality-of-life, and providing a strong adjunct to professional care with no side effects or contraindications.

  • Topricin Foot Therapy Cream:
    By stimulating the body's desire to heal the damage that is causing the pain, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream drains the toxins and fluids that build up in an injured area to improve blood flow to the injured tissue. Made to penetrate the skin much like a moisturizer, Topricin Foot Therapy Cream is fast absorbing and paraben free.
Finding effective relief from pain naturally can be challenging at times, but most pain relief products contain chemicals that may help mask the pain but will contribute negatively to your health overall.  Homeopathy is effective, and I have used it for years to manage carpal tunnel and an arthritic hip.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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November 4, 2010

Chicago Dentist Offers Kids Money for their Halloween Candy

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Halloween has come and gone, but the candy booty remains. In our family, we handle the overload by trading crappy candy for organic candy, as well as an item of choice (this year my daughter chose to exchange her candy for origami paper).

A dentist in Chicago has a unique approach to preventing cavities: offering his patients money in exchange for their Halloween candy. UPI.com reports:

Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., dentist Mark Ligocki told the Chicago Tribune he will pay a dollar for every pound of sweets handed over by children he sees the day after Halloween.

The goodies will be shipped to U.S. soldiers through Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages to troops overseas.

"It's a way to give back to the community, and it's a way to keep sweets out of kids' mouths and keep obesity down in an indirect way," Ligocki said.

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November 3, 2010

Sweet Sally's Homemade Baked Goods: All Natural, but not Organic

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My grandmothers are both gone, and one of them clearly was a baker. She made the best cookies, and if I could order them and have them delivered to my door, I would. I miss the cookie care packages she would send me when I was in college. That's the premise behind Sweet Sally's: "Yesterday's Memories Delivered Today".

Sally Saltzbart Minier is a third generation baker and has been active in the kitchen since she was very young.

As a child, I learned the mathematical concept of "fractions" by working with measuring cups and was taught the basic "tricks of the trade" by my Grama Gracie and my Mom, Carrie. Grama Gracie was known for her Jewish specialties and Mom is famous for her world class Apple Pie, New York Cheesecake, Classic Spritz Butter Cookies and LBI Blueberry Buckle.


We tried:

  • Grama's Almond Dunkers (also known as Mandel bread): This pastry is similar to Italian biscotti, yet the dough is soft rather than crunchy. It's filled with jam, nuts and raisins and topped with cinnamon and sugar. Best when dunked in hot coffee or tea.

  • Right Size Chocolate Rugelach: A traditional pastry filled with chocolate, currants and jam; all rolled by hand into a three bite delicacy and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for extra sweetness. Just like Grama Gracie used to make.

  • Rachel's Raspberry Hamantashen: A triangle shaped pastry typically served during the spring holiday of Purim. Each is topped with a raspberry filling and dusted with powdered sugar for extra sweetness.

  • Awesome Apricot Squares: A buttery crust topped with apricot preserves and a delicous streusel containing coconut and walnuts.


These are all tasty baked goods, but to be honest, they are not the same as fresh from the oven. I also think they should be made with organic ingredients and greener packaging, although Sweet Sally's did use eco-packaging peanuts in the big box.

If you are not a baker, Sweet Sally's does make it easy for you to send delicious baked treats to friends and family.


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November 2, 2010

Study: Ambient Light at Night Leads to Obesity

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Diet and exercise are certainly important to maintaining proper health, but a new study has found an interesting result: our metabolism is affected by light exposure when sleeping. Natural News reports:

According to new research, persistent exposure to light at night may lead to weight gain, even without decreasing physical activity or eating more food...

An Ohio State University research team found that mice exposed to a fairly dim light at night over about a two month period experienced a gain in body mass that was approximately 50 percent more than other mice who lived and slept in a normal light-dark cycle. "Although there were no differences in activity levels or daily consumption of food, the mice that lived with light at night were getting fatter than the others," Laura Fonken, a doctoral student in neuroscience at Ohio State who headed the study, said in a statement to the media.


Light pollution is predominant in America's cities and suburbs, perhaps contributing to Americans' tendency to be overweight in light of this new study.

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November 1, 2010

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