Friday, May 1, 2015 | By Sahari McCormick | No Comments
When was the last time you stopped and contemplated what you are eating or where your food came from? In our fast food society we’ve become accustomed to food in a package that’s quick and easy. But is it all ‘food’? You know, something your grand or great-grandparents could identify? When was the last time you looked at the ingredient list? I’m not talking calories or fat content….look at the list of ingredients and how many multi-syllabic words that appear on it!
Just for a week, try a challenge for yourself. Try to eat foods without a label! And see how you feel! Do you think more clearly? Have more energy? Less stomach distress? Bet you do. And now that farmer’s markets are coming into full swing in Colorado, this challenge can become even easier.
Why go to a farmer’s market? Or grow your own food??
1: Eat local. The less your food has to travel to get to your plate, the more nutrients it will retain! It also cuts down on fossil fuel emissions as trucks won’t have to transport it as far, and it won’t have to be ultra packaged so it saves on waste also. Get connected to where your food came from!
2: Eat seasonal. Eating seasonally helps your body stay in touch with your environment. Eating seasonally available foods will help reconnect with the cycles of nature.
3: Local farmers. Supporting your local farmer means supporting a neighbor. It helps feed their family, it helps them compete in the food marketplace, it helps them keep prices low since they don’t need to package and ship it and involve a middleman, and you can talk directly to them and find out how they grow everything! Know where your food came from!
4: Variety. Seeing the bounty of local foods at a farmers market can inspire you to try something new!
5: Community. You’ll meet neighbors you didn’t know you had!
6: Save the bees! The plight of the honeybee needs to be taking center stage now, and farmers understand this. No bees means no food. Learn how to save the bees and buy locally responsibly harvested bee products at your local market!
7: Free advice. Many farmers markets offer cooking demos and recipe ideas. And who better to get garden advice from than a farmer themselves? or a master gardener?
8: Flavor. Ever eat a fresh picked green bean? Or a tomato fresh off the vine? You can’t compare that to something that’s been sitting in a supermarket for who knows how long…..fresh is best!
9: Local economy. Keep your money in your neighborhood! Stay local, eat local.
10: Fun. Try it out! A farmers market is FUN. Amazing smells, pretty produce, gorgeous flowers, fresh food, neighbors, music…it’s a feast for the senses. Search one out for yourself today!
Colorado Farmers Market Association
Why Shop a Farmers Market
Save the Bees
Thursday, January 24, 2013 | By Sahari McCormick | No Comments
GREEN BIG GAME 2013 PARTY TIPS:
1) Avoid sending paper invitations. Use e-mail, the phone, or an online service like evite.com
2) Keep the decorations to a minimum. Make sure you recycle them.
3) Serve food on reusable plates. Use mugs instead of throw-away cups. It is greener to wash and reuse than to throw everything away.
4) Try using real forks, spoons, and knives instead of plastic ones. Quality of food service goes up and waste goes down..
5) If you are using disposable items, pick things that can be recycled. Recycle cans and bottles. Sett out recycle bins for your guests to toss their cans and plastic bottles. Set up a separate bin for glass as well.
6.) Eco-friendly party host might also consider serving fresh fruits and vegetables to munch on such as non-store bought vegetable tray containing finger foods such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. along with a hand made dip made using fresh ingredients.
7.) Beer is on the menu find some organic brews distributed near you. If you are having a large party, think about renting a keg or growlers (a half gallon). Use washable cups/mugs, or eco-friendly plastic cups you can recycle. Brown glass doesn’t recycle as well as clear glass. Something to think about when getting beer.
8.) Go with organic snack foods . If organic chips are too expensive or you just have to have your Lays potato chips, save the packaging and send it to Terracycle. Terracycle.com is a company that makes products out of consumer waste like chip bags, Capri Sun pouches and candy wrappers. A Capri Sun pouch or Lays Chips bag that you would ordinarily just throw away is worth 2 cents to schools.
9.) Grilling- Avoid lighter fluids and self-lighting charcoal These can emit smog-forming volatile organic compounds into the air. Instead use a charcoal chimney, an electric charcoal starter or even try a newer option, the Flame Disk. If you must use lighter fluids try a petroleum free charcoal starter. This odorless fluid made from ethanol will help start your grill and is better than smoke created from petroleum. You can find some at www.realgoods.com.
Choose natural charcoals or lump charcoal made from furniture scraps and waste wood without additives and binders. Other choices include Cowboy Charcoal and environmentally certified wood briquettes. These burn cleaner and reduce your pollution.
Switch to gas. Gas grills are much more energy efficient than charcoal grills and produce far less pollutants. A study by the Environmental Sciences Division of the Department of Energy compared the carbon output of gas, charcoal and electric powered grills when producing 35,000 Btu’s per hour. The conclusions showed that gas produced 5.6 pounds of carbon dioxide each hour, compared to 11 pounds for charcoal and 15 pounds for electric.
Try Natural Gas. Many grills have a natural gas option. Natural gas burns much cleaner than propane grills and is cleaner than propane.
10.) If choosing 100% organic isn’t an option, consult the “Dirty Dozen” list of foods that carry the highest pesticide loads and don’t worry about the rest. Whenever possible, meat and dairy products should also be organic.
For these popular Super Bowl party foods, consider making the following ingredients organic:
• Nachos: Corn chips, bell peppers, cheese
• Pizza: Cheese, meat, bell peppers
• Hot dogs: Meat, cheese (or go veggie with non-meat options)
• Chili: Meat, cheese or go veggie using beans
• Veggies (for dipping): Celery, carrots, bell peppers
• Chips: Corn, potato