The Go Green Initiative Starts In Your Home

The Go Green Initiative Starts In Your homeIn 2002 the “Go Green Initiative” was started in Pleasanton, California by Jill Buck. The program is all about environmental education and a stewardship program that is located in all 50 US states and in 13 other countries.

The goals of the initiative are to teach and help others learn to conserve and protect natural resources for future generations, and to protect human health through environmental stewardship. Their focus is on…

  1. Recycling and Waste
  2. Water
  3. Energy

What does it mean to “Go G.R.E.E.N.?”

Generate less waste

Recycle everything that cannot be reused

Educate the community on eco-friendly options

Evaluate the environmental impact of actions

Nourish discussions and activities that integrate environmental education into existing curriculum

children running at schoolThough the “Go Green Initiative” is all about helping schools create a campus-wide culture of conservation by teaching kids how to be environmental stewards, we all can contribute to the initiative, though we may not be in school.

Do you have school aged children, or grandchildren in your home? Why not set an example for them by getting involved with the Go Green Initiative, starting in your home. How? By using household cleaners that are earth friendly.

One of the goals of “The Go Green Foundation” is to educate young people about climate change, global warming the earth in a woman's hand with green grass and blue sky in the back groundcrisis and sustainable living practices (Go Green Foundation).

Let’s focus on the later, sustainable living practices.

Going green and using the power of all natural green products to clean your home, can help keep you and your family healthy, as well as keep the environment healthy. This is a great place to start, that is to initiate, and practice sustainable living at home.

Here are some great examples of all natural green products to clean house, that you can prepare at home in your very own kitchen.

Cleaning Wood Floors

1/2 cup white vinegar

3 drops orange oil

3 drops lemon oil

3 drops grapefruit oil

cleaning wood floors with earth friendly products2 drops tea tree oil

1 quart water

Put into a hand sprayer and apply to wood floor, and clean with a damp mop.

General Purpose Bathroom Cleaner

 General Purpose Bathroom Cleaner 1/2 cup baking soda

1/4 cup vinegar

3 drops tea tree oil

2 drops eucalyptus oil

1 drop thyme oil

 5 drops orange oil

5 drops lemon oil

Carpet Cleaner

8 ounces baking soda

5 drops grapefruit oil

 Mix ingredients in a jar, covered with a lid. Shake out on to carpet and vacuum up. It is also recommended for use in a steam cleaner when cleaning carpets.

Carpet Cleaner

cleaning the carpot with all natural earth friendly cleaners 8 ounces baking soda

5 drops grapefruit oil

Mix ingredients in a jar, covered with a lid. Shake out on to carpet and vacuum up. It is also recommended for use in a steam cleaner when cleaning carpets.

Bathroom Mold and Mildew Cleaner

 Bathroom Mold and Mildew Cleaner4 ounces water

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar

3 drops lemon oil

1 drop clove oil

5 drops tea tree oil

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, and spray onto tile and other surfaces that have mold or mildew, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing off.

Dish Washing Soap

 1/2 cup castile soap

1/2 cup vinegar

1 quart water

6 drops lemon oil

natural earth friendly dish soap2 drops geranium oil

3 drops tea tree oil

Mix in a soap dispenser, and add to dish water, and mix in.

Castile soap originating in the Castile region of Spain, is not the same as caster oil soap. Castile soap is made from 100% olive oil, were as caster oil soap, is made from the caster seed, and therefore is considered a vegetable based soap.

The More You Know

Old Farmers 2016 AlmanacYou will find Wikipedia and other sources referring to castile soap as a vegetable based soap made from 100% olive oil, when in fact olives are not a vegetable, but a fruit.

The natural all green recipes were adapted from the Herbal Remedies Magazine – published by Harris Farmers almanac.

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Enjoying the Benefits of a Fermented Breakfast

Enjoying the Benefits of a Fermented Breakfast

We all want to jumpstart our day when we arise from sleep. The best way to do that is with a power packed breakfast. Many express though, that they don’t have much time.

Breakfast is important to start out your day with. Eating the right foods for breakfast can help you control a healthy weight, keep cholesterol down, helps left your mood, and can control cravings for junk food.

Check out the breakfast ideas below that are fast, easy and delicious. The recipes contain fermented ingredients, making them even healthier, as fermented or cultured food adds good bacteria (probiotics) to your diet.

The lack of good bacteria has now been linked to digestive problems, asthma, obesity, diabetes (type II), and many more chronic disease.

Good bacteria also needs food to eat and thrive. That is where prebiotics come in. The following breakfast ideas contain prebiotic foods, like bananas, blueberries, garlic, and onion.

Other prebiotic sources to consider eating are jicama, artichokes, asparagus, leeks, chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes, and leafy greens including dandelion greens.

Avocado and Mango SmoothieAvocado Mango and Kefir Smoothie

2/3 cup avocado flesh (1 medium avocado)

2/3 cup mango (1 medium mango)

2 cups plain kefir

Procedure:

Blend everything together until smooth and pour in two serving glasses. You can add one banana or a handful of blueberries for added sweetness and flavor.

Scrambled Tempeh

1 pound cubed tempeh

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 small bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 small onion, thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt (or sea salt)

Freshly grated black pepper

Preheat a large pan over medium heat. When the pan is warm enough, add in the oil then sauté the cubed tempeh for about 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Make sure you keep stirring for even cooking.

Pour in remaining oil and add bell pepper and onion. Sauté for another 5 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through. Add garlic and stir for another minute.

Season with salt and pepper. Serve the scrambled tempeh with wheat toast.

Fruity Muesli with Yogurt

1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup muesli

1/2 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)

1/4 cup diced bananas

1/4 cup diced apples

A teaspoon of organic raw honey-cinnamon, organic maple syrup

Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy. Easy, right? What’s great about this recipe is you can make it the night before and put it in a mason jar so you can grab it and go in the morning if you are pressed with time.

Salami and Cheese Frittatas

Salami and Cheese Frittatas

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1 to 2 teaspoons of olive oil

6 eggs

100 grams of chopped salami

1/2 cup green peas

1/2 cup cream cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 6-cup muffin pan with oil.

Mix together salami, cheese and green peas in a bowl. Divide the mixture between 6 holes in muffin pan.

Whisk the eggs and cream together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Pour the egg and cream mixture over salami mixture.

Bake for 25 minutes. Cool slightly before removing the frittatas from the muffin pan.

The recipes above are all good for you, not to mention delicious. These are a great way to add fermented foods into your diet. Enjoy!

 

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Apple Mango and Radish Salad

Apple Mango and Radish SaladThe principle cleansing system of the body is the liver, it is always working at burning fat and cleaning and purifying the blood. The liver produces bile for healthy digestion of food, and then disposes of toxins, a by-product of the food we consume.

It also cleans the blood of medicines, alcoholic beverages, and external toxins we may breath in or that could be absorbed by the skin.

Keeping the liver functioning well is vital if we want good health. There are several foods that promote the liver to detox our bodies regularly, and radishes are one of those foods.

Our featured recipe is Apple Mango and Radish Salad, and besides tasting great it is healthy for you and your liver as well.

The recipe contains fresh dill, and scientific studies have shown the oil of dill is toxic to five bacteria’s that are harmful to us, including Staphylococcus aureus. A study at the University of Vienna reported that dill extracts taken from seeds, and that were stored for 35 years, were still able to kill several fungal strains such as the mold Aspergillus niger and the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans.

What makes this salad so wonderful tasting is the flavor of the dressing.

The dressing consists of:

2 tsp. creamed horseradish

1 tbsp. chopped fresh dill

½ cup sour cream

You mix up those three ingredients and pour it over:

2 Fuji apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

8-12 radishes, sliced thinly

2 celery stalks, sliced thinly

1 ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks

Once you have poured the dressing, mix in with the fruits and vegetables until well coated.

Apple Mango and Radish Salad -close upThe salad pairs well with any barbecued food, or to take to a potluck.

Enjoy the color, the flavor, and health benefits of Apple Mango and Radish Salad.

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Fermented Beet and Fresh Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

Fermented Beet and Fresh Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

Pickled or fermented beets are a good source of complex carbohydrates, as one cup of fermented beets has 37 grams. Fermented beets are also a good source of dietary fiber. One cup of sliced pickled beets provides 6 grams of the 23-30 grams of needed fiber daily. Dietary fiber offers a number of health benefits, which includes promoting a healthy digestive system, and stabilizing blood sugar levels.

If the fermentation process is done right, the jarred fermented or pickled beets have beneficial bacteria, and enzymes, needed for maintaining a healthy body.

The magazine of “International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism” published research on carbohydrates in their December 2010 journal, stating that carbohydrates are a crucial component of a well-designed post-workout meal.

Even if you don’t work out, but are very active, complex carbohydrates are crucial to giving your body the energy it needs to keep you active.

Eating pickled beets from a can or jar done by manufactured preparation can contain high sodium.

Himalayan Pink Salt It is recommended to ferment the beets yourself, because Himalayan salt can be used, as it contains all of the trace minerals, unlike table salt. Using Himalayan salt requires ½ to ¾ less use of salt because of the accompanying trace minerals, and therefore less sodium in your diet.

If you don’t want to do the fermentation yourself, then find a friend or a health food store, such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s or the equivalent that will have fermented foods that state using Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt in the fermentation process.

This is a simple salad, but a great food to keep your digestive tract in working order.

Fermented Beet and Fresh Pear Salad with Goat Cheese

1 – 15 ounce jar fermented beets (preferable sea salt or Himalayan salt used in fermentation process)

1 large pear, cored, sliced thin

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup white raisins

4 ounces goat cheese

Open jar and drain juice* and pour beets into a salad serving bowl. Add sliced pear, seeds, and raisins, mix and top with chucked goat cheese.

Plate and serve.

*You can choose to pour a small amount of the juice over the salad. If you do drain the juice, drain it into a glass and drink it. It contains vital bacteria, and enzymes for healthy digestion.

For more reading on Fermented foods, consider this article: Protect Foods from Spoilage with Fermentation  and read more about the importance of fermented foods on your health by linking here: Health News Library.

 

 

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Cleaning Your Produce Naturally

Cleaning Your Produce NaturallyFarm fresh produce аrе reaped from the fields without bad bacteria and are clean in that repects, they are hygienic еnоugh tо consume. Hоwеvеr, bу thе time thеѕе commodities reach uѕ, thеу have аlrеаdу bееn handled bу several people, right frоm picking, storing, transporting, and displaying, thе produce has been touched bу about 20 sets of hands.

These hands can either be clean or not, and if not it can increase thе chance оf spreading food borne illnesses. Thіѕ іѕ whеrе washing raw and edible produce is important. Here аrе ѕоmе simple аnd effective ways tо wash your produce, or fruits and vegetables before consuming them.

washing hands with soapFirst it should be said, always wash your hands first, before washing your produce. Washing your hands has nothing to do with the solutions. If skipping this step, that is washing your hands, you can deposit bacteria back on to your clean produce. Bacteria that cause disease are common in our homes and on our hands.

It is recommended to always wash your hands without anti-bacterial soap. Find out why by linking to this article: Antibacterial Cleaners: Can They Do More Harm Than Good?

White Vinegar

White vinegar is nоt harmful tо thе body іn аnу way.  It contains acetic acid, whісh kills bad bacteria аnd removes аnу pesticide residues. The vinegar also helps to dissolve the wax found on the skins of many fruits and vegetables.

Prepare the wash with the following ingredients: Mix together 3 tablespoons оf salt аnd ½ cup оf vinegar wіth 2 cups оf water.

natural spray solution to clean produce -Cleaning Your Produce Naturally

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Use the solution to clean the produce by spraying it over the product or for better results, soak thе fruit аnd vegetables fоr 10 minutes іn thе vinegar solution, thеn rinse wіth water.

In place of the salt you can add either lemon juice or baking soda. Using a white vinegar cleaning solution оn а regular basis wіll assure you from preventing contaminants entering уоur body.

Grapefruit Seed Extract

Citrus seed extract, or better known grapefruit seed extract іѕ thе liquid produced frоm thе membrane, pulp аnd seeds оf the grapefruit.

Just add 20 drops оf grapefruit seed extract tо 4 cups of water, and shake wеll. If adding to a spray bottle, spray іt оn thе produce.

Cleaning Your Produce Naturally washing in a sink of water solution

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You can also soak the fruit and vegetables in the sink. Just add 20 drops оf the extract per 4 cups of water. Make sure the water is covering the fruit and vegetables. Let thеm soak fоr 10 minutes аnd thеn rinse thоrоughlу wіth water.

 

Lugol’s Iodine

Add 1 drop оf Lugol’s iodine tо а quart оf water. Wash thе edibles fоr аbоut а minute аnd thеn rinse wіth water. Fоr thick skinned fruits аnd vegetables, just scrub wіth а brush tо remove hardened impurities аnd bacteria.

 

Ozonated Water 

Cleaning Your Produce Naturally with Ozonated Water

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Wіth аn economical ozone machine, уоu саn ozonate thе water аnd uѕе іt аѕ а solution tо wash edible items. Ozone kills contaminants deposited оn thе fruits аnd vegetables. Simply, lodge thе ozone water bubbler іn thе water bowl fоr аbоut 7 – 8 minutes аnd thеn rinse fruits аnd vegetables wіth thіѕ ozone water.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide wіth 1 tablespoon оf natural soap, made with organic materials. Spray the solution оn fruits аnd vegetables. Thе solution foams оut аnd kills any bacteria.

Eat Cleaner

Cleaning Your Produce Naturally with Eat CleanerA natural product made of food grade cleaners. Eat Cleaner states their product is over 99% more effective than using water alone in removing pesticides, wax and debris, and also extends the shelf life of the produce  200% longer!

Eat Cleaner leaves no odor or residue on the food. It can also be used to safely clean all cutting surfaces, and is all-natural.

Be sure to keep your produce wash solutions, natural or not out of the reach of children.

families eating healthyMеrеlу washing your produce wіth water іѕ nоt sufficient. Yоu nеvеr know what kind оf contaminants аrе resting оn thе fruits аnd vegetables уоu buy frоm thе local grocery store. Its recommended tо uѕе thеѕе solutions tо ensure thаt whаt уоu аrе eating іѕ clean.

 

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