Non-Toxic Happiness

When I was in high school, I saw an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show where she recommended to her audience keeping a gratitude journal and each day writing in it three things for which you are grateful, and three things you want to improve about yourself.  Back then I did this for a weekContinue reading “Non-Toxic Happiness”

Something Fishy

Fish is one of my favorite foods.  I like eating other kinds of meat, but am picky about having lean cuts.  With fish, I never have to worry about cutting off slabs of fat.  Fish is also a great source of protein without a lot of saturated fat like cheese, red meat and poultry have.  You’veContinue reading “Something Fishy”

Friday Favorite: Environmental Working Group

My favorite resource for researching the ingredients in my make-up and shower products is the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database.  The website (there’s also a free app!) allows you to search tens of thousands of products from mascara to toothpaste to sunscreen to see how they are rated in terms of toxicity.  For exampleContinue reading “Friday Favorite: Environmental Working Group”

Recipe: Greeña Colada Smoothie

It’s 5 o’clock and 85 degrees somewhere… and because it is, I ignored the snowstorm outside yesterday and whipped up a green piña colada smoothie (virgin, because it was a pre-workout snack and nobody wants to be that girl who falls off the back of the treadmill).  This smoothie brings together the classic piña coladaContinue reading “Recipe: Greeña Colada Smoothie”

Vote with Your $: How to Lobby A Company to Change its Products

On a recent trip to Trader Joe’s to stock up on nuts, dried fruit, and frozen foods, I was very happy to come across organic teas at a low price. Cha-ching!  I bought a few boxes of chamomile and ginger-pear.  When I got home and opened the first box I was disappointed to find thatContinue reading “Vote with Your $: How to Lobby A Company to Change its Products”

40 Days of Meatless Mondays

Fat Tuesday has come and gone, and now the season of Lent is here for the next 40 days.  As a product of many years of Catholic school, I was immersed in the tradition growing up and it has caught on in my adult years.  I like a healthy challenge and the idea of makingContinue reading “40 Days of Meatless Mondays”

Cleaning House

A dear friend of mine gave me a really thoughtful gift the other week — a book called The Naturally Clean Home.  It’s a neat little book containing basic homemade recipes for easy concoctions to clean anything in your home from wood furniture to bathtub tile to carpet. I already liked the idea of homemade,Continue reading “Cleaning House”

Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Candies

Valentine’s day is on Saturday and Russell Stover is hoping that you stock up on its candies made with corn syrup and “natural flavor.”  But why not give your special someone a homemade treat that says ‘I made an effort for you and here’s something homemade without questionable ingredients’?  Man, I should be a greeting cardContinue reading “Recipe: Homemade Chocolate Candies”

Field Trip: “Food: Our Global Kitchen” Exhibit

[November 2012] For months, I’ve been seeing ads on Metro trains for an exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC called “Food: Our Global Kitchen.”  The posters described it as a farm to table experience which really piqued my interest.  Learning more about non-toxic food ingredients has made me more interested in whereContinue reading “Field Trip: “Food: Our Global Kitchen” Exhibit”

Recipe: Crock-Pot Granola

Who knew that you could make granola in the crockpot?  Well, you can and it’s changed my breakfast routine.   I used to buy granola in the health food section of the grocery store, but there is so much sugar in most store-bought granola.  And a box of organic granola is not cheap.  Also, how frustratingContinue reading “Recipe: Crock-Pot Granola”