During the holidays, Americans use about 4 million tons of wrapping paper and gift bags and that is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of waste. According to the EPA, household waste increases by more than 25% over the holidays. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.
So what can you do? Here are some tips to help you cut down holiday waste and have a greener holiday season.
1. Give the gift of time or an experience: A homemade certificate for helping dig a garden, creating a picnic, or providing pet-sitting services is great for the person who could use an extra hand. Personally, the gift of babysitting my children would be appreciated! Tickets to concerts, plays, or sporting events; memberships to museums, art galleries, or science centers are also great gifts that will bring lasting memories. A donation in the recipient’s name to a cause or organization he or she is passionate about is also a thoughtful gift. Continue reading “5 Tips to Cut Down Holiday Waste”
Eating a well-balanced diet is not always attainable, but there are some foods that you can stock up on that can increase the nutritional value of your everyday meals. These superfoods offer vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, fiber and so much more. Here are seven foods that boost your health – use them liberally!
Blackstrap molasses: Blackstrap molasses is thick, dark and has a slightly bitter taste, but 1 tablespoon offers 170 mg of calcium, 3.5 mg of iron, and 500 mg of potassium. Add it to smoothies, drizzle it over oatmeal, add it to baked beans, or use it to baste roasted chicken or turkey.
Chia seeds: Two tablespoons of these tiny seeds offer 5 grams of fiber, 90 mg of calcium, and 2.5 mg of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), an anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid. Blend chia seeds into smoothies, sprinkle them over hot cereal or yogurt, add them to granola, use them as a salad topper, or incorporate them into hummus, casseroles, stir-fries and muffin batters. Continue reading “Foods That Boost Your Health”
Looking for a holiday treat to share with family and friends? Try an entrée packed with vitamin C, which helps support a strong immune system and adds vibrant color.
These vegetarian stuffed red peppers supply the healthy basics: vegetables, ancient grains, and legumes, and are topped with just a handful of pepitas – iron-rich pumpkin seeds.
Nutrition fact: one medium red pepper contains just 37 calories and more than 150% of the daily recommended intake for vitamin C.
If you have leftover rice and cooked black beans on hand, this recipe can be made in just a few minutes. Or you can slice up the red peppers, add some shredded lettuce, and make a salad out of it. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Vegetarian Stuffed Red Peppers With Squash, Black Beans and Rice”
The holidays are supposed to be festive, fun and a time for family and friends. Yet for many, this season is the most stressful time of the year. Planning meals, vacations, buying presents, and everything else can wear the mind and body down.
Practicing these simple suggestions can help us deal with this potentially difficult time and stay stress free during the holidays.
• Practice 10 minutes of deep breathing each day.
• Plan some time alone. Read a good book. Go for a nature walk. Color! Research has found positive effects with the use of mindfulness therapy on stress factors in the body. Continue reading “Staying Stress Free During the Holidays”
The holidays are here, a time for family, friends… and lots of food. Many of these foods are special to the holidays and we often want to celebrate by enjoying these special sweets and treats. For some, certain holiday foods or desserts bring us right back to the comfortable place where we originally feasted on them. For others, it’s simply a time to put our healthy eating on hold until the New Year.
Is there a way you can enjoy this time of year and still prevent holiday weight gain? Yes! It’s all about preplanning, so here are 10 simple tips for a healthy and weight-gain-free holiday season:
1. Travel Wisely: Will you be traveling? If so, before you leave for your trip, be sure to pack some healthy snacks and drinks. While there may be plenty of fast food and convenience stops along the way, chances are what you pack will be more nutritious and healthier than what you’d find at most rest stops. If you’re traveling by plane, the same idea applies. While you may have access to some healthy choices at an airport restaurant or store, long lines and other last-minute delays may prevent you from having time to get what you need. Continue reading “10 Simple Tips to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain”