Mommy Greenest Approved: Blue Sky Family Farms Pasture Raised & Free Range Eggs

free range eggs in a crate held by a woman on a farmWhat’s the difference between caged and cage-free hens? Not much. The animals still spend their entire lives packed into a barn with hundreds of other hens, living their lives in just one square foot of space, on average. But because the public believes that cage-free is better, companies like McDonalds, Starbucks and Costco have embraced plans to phase out caged and heavily market cage-free eggs. As the egg-heavy Easter and Passover season is just around the corner, it’s important to know what you’re buying into when it comes to your eggs–and why pasture raised and free range eggs are better. [Read more…]

Could An African Diet Cure Colon Cancer?

Food swaps are definitely making headlines. First, a team of Swedish researchers found that swapping organic for conventional eliminated pesticides in just a few days. Now a new study published in Nature details a diet swap–between black Americans and South Africans–that may have long-term implications in the fight against colon cancer. [Read more…]

Recipe Hack: Vegan Sushi

vegan sushiI’m not much for following recipes. I get overwhelmed with too many ingredients and tend to cook by taste, instead. But my husband surprised me with vegan sushi the other day and we loved it so much I had to share the recipe. So without further ado, here’s a recipe hack for Delicious Living’s Carmelized Tofu and Avocado Rolls, otherwise known as vegan sushi. [Read more…]

Renee Loux on Easy Green Living

two smiling brunette women against a wall of green leavesLove fest! I was so excited to sit down with Renee Loux, chef, eco expert and former host of “It’s Easy Being Green,” to talk about what’s changed since she first published her essential “Easy Green Living” book. As I suspected, some things are easier—and some are harder, especially when you’re a mom. In her books and at ReneeLoux.com, she shares the best advice for both sides of the coin, and she shared five copies of her book for me to give away! Feeling lucky? [Read more…]

Go Semi-Vegetarian! 2 Ways to Ditch Dioxins

hamburger on white background with lettuce and tomatoMy family is not vegan. We’re not even completely vegetarian. I serve the occasional organic, grass-fed hamburger, and I let them order conventional burgers in restaurants, if they want to. But I let my kids know that we eat very little meat—living a semi-vegetarian life—for one important reason: Dioxins.

Now you may not have heard much about this group of roughly 75 related chemicals—unless you were an early adopter of alternative feminine hygiene products that touted their avoidance of the stuff.

But I digress. As a parent, these are a few facts you need to know. [Read more…]

Body by Vegan

alicia silverstone in short shorts and strawberry t-shirtA few years ago, a friend forwarded me a picture of Alicia Silverstone. The subject line was simple: body by vegan.

It got my attention. Because even though I try to exercise two or three times a week, there remains that stubborn five pounds of fat that took hold right below my belly button while I was pregnant and never came off.

Now I know that I’m active and healthy, and I knock wood daily for that. But there is a vain teenager inside of every woman. And on the day that my friend sent me Alicia Silverstone’s picture, that teen spoke up. I wanted to have a body by vegan. Desperately.

The photo-sending friend happens to be a vegan, mind you. And she also happens to be very thin, which may have less to do with the fact that she doesn’t eat animal products, and more to do with the fact that when you don’t eat animal products there is really very little that you can eat. Why live like that? [Read more…]