Powerful Probiotics


Probiotic organisms are living microorganisms that are effective for optimal health. Probiotics are commonly found in foods but can also be taken as a supplement. They are thought to help intestinal health and be effective in treating inflammatory diseases. They improve digestion, relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, produce nutrients to repair the gut, increase resistance to infections and regulate the immune function. They are also fantastic for preventing the overgrowth of bad bacteria. Yoghurt One of the most commonly known probiotics. Look for yoghurts that have been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk… read more

The History Of Food Banks

The History Of Food Banks

The first food bank in the U.S., St. Mary’s, was established in 1967 in Arizona. The founder, John van Hengel, used to volunteer serving meals when he had the thought to do even more for his community. He heard one of the mothers at St. Vincent DePaul where he helped hand out meals say that she was only able to provide food for her children by searching through dumpsters at grocery stores and taking them to soup kitchens for free meals. This drove him to connect with others in the community to work out a system where those who had… read more

Urban Foraging


Freeganism is the practice of not only being a vegan but also obtaining food that most people would consider trash. Urban foraging is used to reclaim food that is needlessly discarded. Most of the time, the foraging comes from food that is discarded as trash from restaurants that have stipulations on what is possible to keep from day to day. Food waste from grocery stores could be any item from a bruised tomato, potatoes with eyes, or produce that people will not buy when looking for a perfect pick.  People are trained to pick what looks pretty and healthy which causes… read more

Goodbye Food Packaging

Green Food Packaging

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s statistics, 1.3 billion tons of food, equivalent to around 1/3 of the food produced is wasted each year on a global scale. Also, packaging waste totaled upwards of 75 million tons in 2010 just in the U.S., as stated by the Environmental Protection Agency. Not even half of that amount was reportedly recycled. Food waste occurs on an individual basis, but also happens during food production. What it takes to get food ready to sell just in the wrapping alone uses a lot of resources. Product packaging can be wasteful…and frustrating. If you have ever… read more

Copious Cups of Coffee Please


While taking care of your family, your pets, your home and your community you should be doing the same for your body. According to this research, drinking coffee might just be a great way to keep your body healthy and ward off certain diseases. Benefits Digestive Health A 10-year study in Japan including 96,000 adults found that drinking three or more cups of coffee per day cut the colon cancer risk in women in half. Decreases Risk of Diabetes Researchers at Harvard followed more than 125,000 men and women for more than 10 years and found that drinking six cups… read more

Fruit Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests

Fruit Recipes That Will Impress Your Guests

Having a few recipes under your cooking belt for special dinners or impromptu company can make all the difference in hosting a hassle free event. The following recipes are not overly complicated, but they are big on presentation. They also take advantage of fresh fruits, so using what is seasonally available won’t have you rushing all over the place trying to find ingredients. Some use liqueur and alcohol, but these can be left out or substituted with any favorite flavoring. For a simple dessert, a fresh fruit platter always works and yogurt, citrus curds, cream cheese or melted chocolate can be… read more

Classic Treats (Without The Sugar)

Baking with Stevia

In a world full of packaged foods, homemade delicacies from the oven are, to many, a rare treat that is eagerly accepted. And they are often better in taste and quality, as well as better for you. But there are still improvements to be made in the staples we use if we wish to create a healthy diet that provides us with the best possible nutrition to support us in our daily lives. For most, sugars and artificial sweeteners make up a big portion of baking staples– it is essentially a tradition in American baking. And like most traditions, the… read more

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Product Replaces Disposable Plastic Straw

Disposable dishes, like paper plates and plastic cups, are big money for their manufacturers, but they are also big on waste. One toss away product that may often be overlooked is drinking straws. Drinking straws became more popular with the onset of the industrial revolution in the 1800’s, and their designs have subsequently become more readily available for home use. Some of the earliest known indications that people from other eras used drinking straws were found when an artifact from a Sumerian tomb was uncovered that was dated from around 3,000 B.C. According to family based business Simply Straws, 500 million plastic straws are thrown… read more

Liven Up Ice Cubes

Liven Up Ice Cubes

Ice cubes can keep drinks and foods cold, but they can also be used to add a decorative touch. Easy to do, the following are suggestions to dress up plain ice cubes and recipes to take advantage of the perfectly portioned, storable and freezable ice cube trays. Garden Therapy has recipes for making floral, fruit and herb ice cubes that deliver on the presentation. Using natural items like edible flowers and citrus zests cut in shapes, this ice will instantly add a visual element to beverages. Start by filling up the trays only halfway full with water or flavorings and… read more

Herbal Teas At Home


In addition to harvesting your own tea varieties, you can add spices and herbs to create either classic or unique tea blends to suit your palette. If you are unable to grow your own tea, you can still use loose tea, which can be found at most grocery and specialty stores. Or you can leave out the tea leaves to create herbal teas instead. Here are a few blends that have proven the test of time and continue to be steeped and sipped by casual tea drinkers and connoisseurs alike. Chai Tea This blend is often used with black tea, but can be… read more