Are you making full use of all the food in your kitchen? You know, all those vegetable scraps that you toss into your garbage can? The onion peels, the stems from broccoli, the garlic that's starting to regrow. Don't throw them out, instead, store them in your freezer to make vegetable broth!
I was buying and storing so much vegetable broth because I like to use it to add flavor in lots of my recipes. To give rice and quinoa some extra flavor, to thin out soup. I was using tons of it, and spending money and throwing out perfectly good vegetables. How counter productive is that?
One of my goals for 2018 was to reduce my carbon footprint. I used to think that simply separating plastic and paper was enough, but I didn’t realize how my consumerism truly affected the environment.
After the trucks pick up our plastic, where does it really go? In my mind, I would imagine those milk jugs, plastic bags, etc. would turn into a nice park bench or a hair brush. I was wrong. After reading an article on NPR, I learned that the US exported half of its recyclables and nearly half of that went to China. Well, China has recently put a ban on 24 kinds of solid wastes.
Carra-what? If you're not paying attention to ingredients in your food, then you might not have heard of carrageenan. But, carrageenan is widely used within the food industry and even called a 'natural alternative'. You can find it in processed foods including organic & vegan food.
What is carrageenan?
Carrageenan is derived from an edible red seaweed. It's used in food as a thickener and a stabilizer. Think about how some of your drinks never separate, or why the texture of your ice-cream is so smooth. You can find it in everything from coffee creamer to yogurt.
Everyone knows that they should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but with today's lifestyle, we find it to be akin to a mission impossible.
According to health.gov, the recommending daily servings are 5 servings of fruits and veggies per day. To help you figure out what a serving is, they break it down as such:
It appears that we have all survived another year! We have seen the most trying year so far politically that at times I had to go on a news cleanse and just turn off the news channels, social media and turn on some calming meditative music.
We all have different ways of coping with such a crazy news cycle and for me, it was about connecting with myself spiritually, continuing my vegan food evolution and embarking on a zero-waste journey. How does this help me cope? Well, it gives me something else to obsess over and feel like I'm making a difference in the environment as well as my overall health.
Scarlett is a business owner and lover of pretty things. She started this blog to share some of her witticisms and favorite things.