Thanksgiving Special: Why You Should Consider Organic, Homesteading, and Vegetarian Alternatives

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Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and this year we have a few green additions to our family. With my newly turned eco leaf and with one of our family members going vegetarian, this year Thanksgiving presents a whole new set of challenges.

But the idea of a green or even a vegetarian Thanksgiving seems like blasphemy to die hard turkey stuffers. To ease them into what will inevitably be a culture shock, I already started dropping the idea of a green feast that goes beyond just an organic turkey. When asked how they’d “green” their Thanksgiving, I got all sorts of responses from “add more plants to the dinner table” to “use green dye on the turkey”.

If we’re to be literalists, then I’d rather go cold turkey than sit across the table from a green turkey. There two options for ‘greening’ your thanksgiving: 1) by local turkeys 2) homestead/raise your own turkeys 3) go vegetarian.

Most people are immediately turned off when thinking of vegetarian alternatives to traditional meat dishes.

Rethinking the Main Course

A growing number of Americans are trying homesteading. In addition to healthier, steroid free livestock, you have done your part to substantially reduce your carbon footprint. Furthermore, you’ve reaffirmed a commitment to sustainable living and are likely to reap government benefits. A number of states allow homestead exemption to owners of principal, full-time residences. (see Office of Tax and Revenue) Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Autumn Florida Dessert! No Not Piña Coladas, More Like Cranberry Apple Pie With Cinnamon Swirl Ice Cream

raw Cranberry Apple Pie 03 Autumn Florida Dessert! No Not Piña Coladas, More Like Cranberry Apple Pie With Cinnamon Swirl Ice Cream Photographer Natalia

I embrace the change of the seasons, no matter how subtle it may be in my current climate (Florida). Yes, it’s still in the 80′s here, brightly sunny and gorgeous.

Autumn is my favorite time of year, when I can turn off my air conditioner and open the windows, welcoming in a light fresh, breeze. I grew up in New England, so no matter what I am experiencing for weather, autumn is a time for apples, apples and more apples. The problem is, I despise the organic apple varieties that are readily available to me. I guess I’m an apple snob. I don’t like the huge, overly sweet, super hard apples like Gala and Fuji that I can always find. I’m a McIntosh girl, loving that they are slightly tart, and easier to bite & chew. Of course, they’re ridiculously hard to find organically, especially in Florida! Even when the fall apples, in their little white tote bags, arrive on the shelves, I never expect to find anything organic, because I’ve never seen them. So this year, I did a double take when I saw organic McIntosh apples at my local Whole Foods. I filled a bag to the top wondering if I would ever see them again! With these McIntosh apples back in my life, I’m so enjoying an apple a day…and making sure I have enough left over to create!

I’m a McIntosh girl, loving that they are slightly tart, and easier to bite & chew.

As the holidays draw near, I’m always thinking of sweets I can share with friends and family. Though I’m normally a rich, creamy, chocolaty dessert lover, this cranberry apple pie blew me away. Tart cranberries and my favorite McIntosh apples are spiced and sweetened, sitting atop a ginger cookie crust. Top it off with a sweet and spicy cinnamon swirl ice cream and you have entered autumn dessert heaven.

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Rock Star and Raw Food GreenChef Star Judita Has A New Raw Food Recipe Book Coming Out Soon

raw recipes by Judita 02 Rock Star and Raw Food GreenChef Star Judita Has A New Raw Food Recipe Book Coming Out Soon Photographer: Judita

One of our very own, GreenChef Judita has authored her first Raw Food Recipe book coming out May 2011. The book is called “Going Raw: Everything You Need to Start Your Own Raw Food Diet and Lifestyle Revolution at Home” and is available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.

I just wanted to give everyone a sneak peek at what Judita is up to and to feature her awesome video below. In the video Judita talks about her path from Rock Star, to GreenChef Food Star and now on to becoming the star of her very first book. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek. More to come in the next few months. We will even be featuring some of the books beautiful and fun recipes right here on G Living.

Also make sure to check out Judita new site at rawjudita.com for all her latest news.

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Why The Today Show Is Driving Me Crazy This Morning. Out Dated Yogurt / Sweetener Health Information!

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I find myself often disappointed by the Today Show health updates. This morning was particularly frustrating. Watch the clip and then read my comments. It’s not that what Joy Bauer is saying is WRONG per se, it’s just that the information is not very fresh, new/current and there is so much research out there showing that most of what she is saying is not necessarily right anymore. For many reasons and factors that play a role in today’s farming and processing.

You’ll see what I mean…just keep reading…

1st, Joy believes yogurt to be the BEST source of calcium, “HANDS DOWN”. I don’t believe yogurt is the best source of calcium {a harvard health study also demonstrates this}. It might be the easiest to actually consume {because most kid and adults don’t like the taste of say, spinach} but because it’s DAIRY it’s not necessarily the BEST absorbed by the body, nor is it DIGESTED properly, which is HANDS DOWN the key to absorption and utilization of minerals and vitamins. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Is Agave Syrup Good Bad Or Just Kinda Tasty?

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Light your torches, there’s a new witch hunt in the grocery store. The target? Agave syrup. After hitting the mainstream several years ago as the new “healthy sweetener of choice,” agave recently has been under fire with negative backlash all across the health-food spectrum, with many companies even considering pulling agave from their products due to the extent of customer concern.

But is agave really that bad? Can it be compared to high fructose corn syrup? Should we go out of our way to avoid it? Let’s take a look.

q question interview Is Agave Syrup Good Bad Or Just Kinda Tasty? What happened with agave?

a answer interview Is Agave Syrup Good Bad Or Just Kinda Tasty?It really wasn’t all that long ago that many people were just beginning to fall in love with agave – using it often in the place of cane sugar, corn syrup and honey for its intense and clean-tasting sweetness. Agave’s brief history in the North American marketplace has relied upon being marketed as a “raw healthy sweetener.” This sweet syrup extracted from the agave cactus proved especially valuable to the diabetic community, who embraced agave’s low glycemic index. Then, suddenly, agave was everywhere – in recipes, in drinks, in packaged foods, in restaurants, and of course, in desserts. Between a solid stamp of approval from the health food community, and a new excuse to get simply get some sugary goodness on, the mantra of healthy sweet food became “no sugar . . . just agave.”

Most of us understand that high fructose corn syrup is something we should avoid entirely.

So when the story broke that agave was actually not healthy at all and was actually comparable to corn syrup, it’s no wonder there was a strong outrage. After all, agave was sold to us as a “healthy sweetener,” and we were paying a premium price tag to enjoy its benefits. Health advocate Dr. Mercola released this adamant and influential article, which was posted and reposted in just about every health-oriented nook and cranny. Suddenly agave was the bad guy, leaving consumers feel betrayed . . . and confused.
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The Down Under Pea, Fennel & Mint Soup By GreenChef Omid

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Photographer: Omid

I was at the Queen Victoria Market yesterday and I had a chat with an Organic farmer who is also obseesed with peas. Who would have thought? The coversation started off with how meditative it was to shell peas for an hour or so… and how it could also be agitating if you were a type that had no patience for shelling peas. I asked him if he had any tips for people who like to plant peas. He said: “Organic gardeners eager to plant vegetables after a long winter must add peas to the garden plot. Peas grow quickly and aren’t bothered by many pests or diseases.”

So, if you have the time and the space, go ahead and plant peas in your garden. As for me, I was lucky enough to pick some up from Prahan Market just in time to make lunch for my friends. Oh and guess what! It is a beautiful sunny day here in Melbourne Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Our Monday Salad, A Green Bean, Rocket, Peach & Fig Salad With A Raspberry & Balsamic Vinegar Dressing Salad..

Green bean fig salad 01 Our Monday Salad, A Green Bean, Rocket, Peach & Fig Salad With A Raspberry & Balsamic Vinegar Dressing Salad.. Photography Alice Savorelli

This is V here: It’s Monday and starting today and ending today we will post a new salad every Monday. And now on to Alice’s recipe:

Fast, super-easy, hearty and full of flavors, this is the perfect salad for the late-summer, early-fall season. Refreshing and satisfying, colorful and elegant, this fruit and vegetable salad works amazingly well as a light lunch but you can certainly serve it at a dinner party, just make sure you prepare it right before serving time as the vegetables -and fruits- can get too soggy. The main components of this dish are typical summer fruits -such as fresh white peaches, figs and raspberries- that are usually eaten on their own or in a fruit salad. Here, I combine them with green beans, rocket and fresh herbs -thyme and chives- and the result is a tasty, sweet and sour salad which is a great feast of tastes and textures, beautiful to look at but also good for your health.

Balsamic vinegar complements all the different fruity and herby flavors.
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A Tea Party With Buttermilk Poppy Seed Or Chocolate Chip Scones And Grapefruit Curd By Julia Gartland

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I’ve had an extensive relationship with tea since I can remember. Not just the substance of tea, but more specifically the actual event of a tea. Thanks to my chic and antique-obsessed mother, we had a collection of old handmade teacups, vintage silver and dainty tea platters. Almost every special occasion was some extensive tea party with scones, quiche, sandwiches, etc. I have the best memories of these teas, and how far back in my life I had enjoyed them.

Even for my birthday 2 years ago, I had a tea party with my sister and mother while Nina Simone blasted in the background and gluten-free scones were aplenty. The tradition has not yet died in my family. So, when I first found Alexis of Teaspoons and Petals I was enriched with her delicious tea combinations, knowledge and quaintness. She is like the saint of twitter, posting things like, “Crisp fall air is streaming in through the windows. warming up with a cup of delicate, sweet sencha.” She makes me dream of rustic cabins, tea cups and fabulous tea blends. She is a talented writer (and consultant), so it’s nothing to her to create a complete tea-centric atmosphere just from a mere 140 characters (or less). Not to mention her unbelievably adorable Haiku Teacups combined with lyrics of Jazz Era vocalists. I’m a huge huge huge fan of singers like Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Mamie Smith, Ida Cox, Dinah, etc. I almost died when I saw these adorable cups with lyrics from my favorite women. Her site includes her unique simple syrup blends, like Lavender Blossom. I can’t say enough about her, but needless to say, I have a huge crush.

I was so honored when she contacted me for an interview. Talking about tea with a tea goddess?! OF course. The interview and recipe were featured on her site last week, with the sweetest write-up. I did not deserve anything she said about me. I was so happy to collaborate with her, and I know we will continue to do so in the future.

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The Skinny Bitches Wants You To Look Hot

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Man, I missed those skinny bitches. Especially G Living pal, Rory Freedman, who along with former model, Kim Barnouin, have crafted a very tasty niche for themselves with their (how shall I put it) “unique” voice. After the outrageous success of Skinny Bitch — which with help from the Skinniest Bitch of all climbed its way stiletto after stiletto up the New York Times bestseller list and refused to budge — the girls are back with their follow-up, Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.

The tone is set from their opening gambit: “What’s better than eating? (If you say ‘sex’ you’re either a liar or a pervert). The answer is: Nothing! There’s nothing better than eating!” The book then serves up 75+ healthy plant-based recipes including: the Big Ass Veggie Burrito, made with whole wheat tortillas and guaranteed not to give you one; and Chocolate Suicide Cake, which incorporates unsweetened apple sauce so as not to leave you depressed after eating it. (Preferably not whole thing.)

The recipes are broken up into handy sections with deliciously imaginative titles, everything from Bitchin’ Breakfasts to PMS (Pissy Mood Snacks), Down Home Cookin’ to Happy Endings (Desserts). While Rory and Kim consider their recipes to be pretty “normal”, you will need to stock up with some skinny bitch staples: Bragg’s Amino Acid (soy sans MSG), Coconut oil (as a substitute for Olive Oil) and Agave (nectar of the Gods).

So, take it from the SBs: stop cooking crap and start looking hot! It’s hard to argue with that.

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The Truffle Concord Grape Sorbet Royal Egg By GreenChefs Golubka

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Ever since making our savoury avocado truffles, we’ve been thinking about creating a dessert version of this much loved dish. Here is a quick and simple way to prepare an elegant and challenging dessert.

The “truffles” are filled with a light chocolate mousse and coated with cacao nibs and ground pistachios. The silky flavours of avocado and chocolate are complemented by the textural, crunchy coat.

Late summer and early fall in the produce isle means grapes, all kinds of them. We’ve been thoroughly enjoying grapes for about two months now, making Muscadine grape juice almost daily and obsessing over a heavenly fig, grape, and cinnamon shake (let us know if you’d like the recipe).

Concord grapes are a special treat. They contain seeds, which nowadays seems rare and exciting. Most grapes sold in the States are seedless – a true shame considering the myriad health benefits of grape seeds. The Concord grape sorbet, besides completing the dish with beautiful jewel tones, adds a nice amount of sweetness to the mild tastes of the truffle and bitter notes of the cacao nibs. The sorbet tastes a bit like grape jelly and serves as an exciting companion that pleases both eyes and palate.

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Creative Home Made Vitamins For Kids, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down!

home made vitamins 01 Creative Home Made Vitamins For Kids, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down!Photographer Juli Novotny

I’ve been on this darn candida cleanse for like 2 weeks now and my son saw me taking some enzymes, probiotics and so on the other day. He must have suddenly had a flashback of that time he was sick last year and got all kinds of fun medicines. He loved it because there was some sweet elderberry liquid stuff AND those sweet homeopathic tablets. He got very excited when he saw the jars, gave me a fake cough and then said he was sick and needed medicine!

SIGH!

I suddenly had an idea.

I got out {of the trash} a liquid supplement jar and cleaned it out really good, taking off the label as well. I then filled it with some flax oil, vita mineral greens, touch of honey {or yacon syrup}, liquid immune support, vitamin D and oil of oregano. Then I added my own label.

Genius, right?! I guess it’s not that ORIGINAL of an idea, remember that song, A Spoon Full Of Sugar Helps The Medicine Go Down…? This idea has been around a long time, I guess. Try it for yourself.

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Bill Clinton Tells CNN, He Eat’s Only “G” Now To Heal Himself

0 Bill Clinton Tells CNN, He Eats Only G Now To Heal Himself

Why do people decided to add more plants to their diets or go completely vegan? Theres really many different reasons but a big one always seems to be, sickness. As soon as people actually feel what they have been doing to their body for years, they sometimes wake up and change everything. This is what President Bill Clinton is doing right now. No more dead cows… now its all about the nut milk, hmmmmm.

“I’m trying to be one of those experimenters,” said Clinton. “Since 1986, several hundred people who have tried essentially a plant-based diet, not ingesting any cholesterol from any source, has seen their bodies start to heal themselves — break up the arterial blockage, break up the calcium deposits around the heart. 82 percent of the people who have done this have had this result, so I want to see if I can be one of them.”

Clinton decided to adopt the diet in the early part of May 2010. While he does occasionally eat fish, the former president otherwise follows a strict vegan diet.

What made him go vegan? According to our source, Clinton has read many books on the topic, including books by T. Colin Campbell, Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish. Although losing weight was a benefit of the dietary change, the choice to go vegan was about more than just losing weight.

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