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    Avoiding BPA Products

    Have you ever seen plastic water bottles or dishes that say “BPA free?” Have you ever wondered what BPA is? BPA is short for bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen used in making many common every day plastic products. It is an endocrine disruptor and may also raise blood pressure, cause hormone imbalance, early puberty, and has even been linked to asthma and obesity. Despite all of this, an average of 6 billion pounds of this chemical are produced each year. Other than plastic, BPA can also be found in canned goods, receipts, plastic wrap, and CDs and DVDS. Make sure to read labels to look for “BPA free” whenever you can!…

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    Homemade Cheese Crisps

    Do you ever want that satisfying crunch of a chip or cracker? We do! That is why we want to share a super easy and satisfying recipe for Cheese Crisps! Ingredients 6 oz. cheese of your choice, shredded Herbs and spices (optional) Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (do NOT use foil) Combine cheese with herbs and spices (if you are using) Note: do not add salt, the cheese will be salty enough Place small heaps of cheese (about 1 Tbsp.) several inches apart on your baking sheet (the cheese will spread as it bakes) Bake 5-7 minutes or until they begin…

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    Shiitake “Bacon” and Egg Breakfast Tacos

    Did you know that you can “substitute” shiitake mushrooms for bacon? Read on to find out how! Shiitake “Bacon” and Egg Breakfast Tacos Shiitake Bacon Ingredients 8 ounces Shiitake Mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 2 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 tbsp. Tamari Other ingredients for tacos 3 Large Eggs Olive Oil for brushing 4 Whole Wheat Tortillas, warmed ½ Avocado, sliced Microgreens (optional) Directions To make the shiitake “bacon”: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together the tamari and olive oil. Then toss the mushrooms with the mixture until coated. Spread in an even layer on the baking sheet. Roast 30…

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    10 Uses for Lemon Peels

    Lemons can be used for all sorts of things, but did you know that the peels are really useful too? Adding a lemon peel to your brown sugar can keep it from clumping Placing small slices of lemon peels along thresholds, windowsills and cracks can deter ants and other pests Place a lemon peel or two inside your fridge to absorb smells Throw a few lemon peels in the bottom of the trash can to absorb odors Add lemon peels to your dishwasher every now and then to help deodorize it Clean your tea kettle by adding thin slices of lemon peel to water, boiling it, turning off the heat,…

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    The Benefits of Broccoli Sprouts

    We all know broccoli is good for us- but have you ever eaten broccoli sprouts? Have you even heard of them? Broccoli sprouts are germinated seeds of broccoli. They have a mild flavor and look similar to alfalfa sprouts. These sprouts contain a highly concentrated number of vitamins and nutrients (often 10-100 times more than fully grown broccoli heads!) Health benefits include: Reducing the bad cholesterol in our bodies, while promoting the good cholesterol May improve cardiovascular health by decreasing inflammation and increasing heart, artery and kidney function May reduce the inflammation associated with asthma and nasal allergies May protect the eyes from damage by chemical carcinogens and ultraviolet light…

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    Why You Should Be Buying Local Food

    It seems like the words, “Reduce your carbon footprint,” are everywhere these days. But what does that really mean? The definition of carbon footprint is, “the amount of carbon dioxide and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels by a particular person, group, etc.” But how can we reduce ours? Well, one way is eating locally. Eating locally means eating food that is locally produced, and not moved long distances to market- usually around 100 miles of the point of purchase or consumption. It may not sound like a big deal, but there are numerous benefits to this lifestyle – not just to the planet, but…

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    Elderberries

    Have you ever heard of elderberry? It has been popping up a lot lately, but it dates back thousands of years. In fact, archaeological excavations have found large numbers of the seeds at prehistoric sites, dating back to around 17,000 years ago. There are many medicinal traits of this herb, including: • Strengthens immune system- have strong antibacterial and anti-infectious properties and is often used to ward off the flu and colds (go here for recipe for elderberry syrup- https://realfoodrn.com/homemade-elderberry-syrup/) • Improves respiratory health- can also help sore throat and cough due to the anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to help clear mucus • Aids digestion- high fiber content helps to…