April 10, 2007

Starbucks Plays It Green: Planet Green Game

starbuckslogo.gifStarbucks is teaming up with Global Green USA to illustrate the need to take action to put an end to global warming.

The company is sponsoring Planet Green, an online game which shows players simple steps they can take to reduce CO2 emissions in the town of Evergreen. You choose a character, pick your mode of transport (bonus points for 0 emissions modes like walking and biking), and you're off.

Hats off to Starbucks for its efforts to educate the public on the effects of global warming. (And thanks to Scott at Single Serve Espresso for letting us know about the Planet Green game.)

Play the Planet Green Game.

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April 6, 2007

Weekend Reading: Real Food Daily Cookbook by Ann Gentry

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Vegetarianism is the new Prius, right?

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April 4, 2007

Kitchen Compost Pails

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If you're thinking about composting, you should also consider a kitchen compost pail so you can keep kitchen scraps for your compost pile. Here, the key is finding one that will fit on your countertop or underneath, store your scraps, and not smell up your kitchen.

I like this stainless steel compost pail from Nor Pro. It's small and sturdy, and traps odors with a small charcoal filter disk that fits in the lid. Moreover, it's easy to clean and won't chip as you transport it out to your compost pile or clean it in the sink.

I don't think I'd fill it the way they have in this picture, though. When you squish the top down, you're headed for some yuck.

Buy a Nor Pro Stainless Steel Compost Pail.

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March 14, 2007

Food Fight: Time Magazine on Organic vs. Local

timecover.jpgThe organic vs. local produce debate has gone mainstream. The cover of this week's Time Magazine proclaims, "Forget Organic. Eat Local."

John Cloud investigates the battle between the "local foods" movement and Big Organic.

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March 13, 2007

Yogi Organic Bedtime Tea

B0009F3SA0.01._SCMZZZZZZZ_AA160_.jpgHave trouble sleeping? Looking for an evening ritual to help you relax before bed? I've long been a fan of Celestial Seasons Sleepytime tea. But even better than Sleepytime? Yogi's Bedtime Tea.

The organic blend includes valerian, chamomile, St. John's wort and passion flower. I like it with milk and honey just before bed.

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March 12, 2007

Adding Oomph to Your Oatmeal

outrageous-outback-oatmeal.jpgHere are some ingredients I like to add to our oatmeal to make it oat-mmm....:

- Granny Smith or Gala apple slices
- Grade B maple syrup
- chopped pecans
- ground flax seeds
- dried cranberries
- wheat germ
- fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries (if you add frozen, add them to the pot and cook over low heat to thaw)

Pick some combo of the items listed above. Mix into your oatmeal before serving.

Enjoy.

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McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal

B000FH19D0.01._AA280_PIbundle-4,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgMcCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal is the quintessential breakfast that sticks to your ribs. It takes longer to cook than regular oatmeal - about 45 minutes - but the nutty, hearty goodness that results is worth the effort.

Here's our secret cooking tip to reduce preparation time:

Before you go to bed, pour boiling water over the oats and soak overnight. In the morning, reheat, and voila! Delicious.

Buy McCann's Steel Cut Oatmeal.

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March 7, 2007

Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese

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For comfort food, it doesn't get any better than mac and cheese. And Annie's Homegrown Organic Shells & Cheddar is the next best thing to homemade. Better yet, looks like it comes in Family Size! Ingredients:Organic Durum, Semolina Pasta (Organic Durum Semolina, Water), Organic Cheddar Cheese (Organic Cultured Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Organic Whey, Salt.

Buy Annie's Homegrown Organic Family-Size Shells & White Cheddar Mac & Cheese.

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March 5, 2007

Barbara's Bakery Shredded Spoonfuls: Yum!

B000H2XYKO.01._AA280_PIbundle-4,TopRight,0,0_AA280_SH20_SCLZZZZZZZ_V44096005_.jpgOur cereal bowls brimmeth over. Especially when we're pouring Barbara's Bakery Shredded Spoonfuls.

Sweetened with molasses, Shredded Spoonfuls are made with whole oat flour and whole wheat flour, providing a good source of fiber (15% of the recommended daily value). They have no hydrogenated oils -- so no trans fats - making every spoonful a great tasting way to a healthier heart.

Buy Barbara's Bakery Shredded Spoonfuls.

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February 20, 2007

O'Cocos Baked Chocolate Crisps

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"All Good and No Guilt" proclaims the packaging on O'Coco's baked chocolate crisps. The wafer-thin crisps come in mocha, cinnamon and original, and help satisfy your chocolate craving in a 90 calorie package. Plus, they're all organic.

(Thanks to reader Gail for sending these in!)

Available at O'Coco's.

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