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July 4, 2015

Want to Create Your Own Indoor Garden? Here’s a Step-By-Step Guide

I’m beginning this article with a confession: I’ve never had a “green thumb.” In fact, I couldn’t keep plants alive if my life depended on it. Until, that is, I learned how to create an indoor garden. This works for me for a few reasons:

➀ I forget about my plants, so unless they are right under my nose, I won’t remember to water them. (Thank goodness I don’t have this problem with my dog!)

➁ An indoor garden doesn’t require a lot of real estate or resources to start – just an area you’re willing to devote to your garden and the natural light (or an artificial lighting system) to grow your leafy goodness.

➂ It’s very rewarding, especially if you are like me and [...]

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June 26, 2015

Your Gut Is a Microcosm of Survival of the Fittest, Here’s Why…

I don’t know about you, but when I hear “gut bacteria,” I get a little grossed out. Anything with the word “bacteria” has to be bad, right? Wrong.

Aside from their name, gut bacteria are pretty awesome.

“Why are they awesome?” you ask. They are microorganisms in our intestines that help our digestive and immune system, says Dr. David Dragoo, M.D., a health expert at Money Crashers. In fact, we can’t survive without gut bacteria, says Kristi King, senior dietician at Texas Children’s Hospital.

Gut bacteria, a.ka. gut flora, also help make B vitamins and vitamin K. “You can think of it as another ‘organ’ in the body – it is just as important to keep healthy as the [...]

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May 6, 2015

Panera Bread Commits to Remove 150+ Bad Ingredients from Food

Panera Bread, the popular food chain that boasts over 1,800 locations in North America, just announced a commitment to remove over 150 artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors and flavors from their menu items by 2016.

They released the announcement with the video below, an entertaining clip showing people trying to pronounce some of the ingredients that are being removed from the menu.

The full list of ingredients can be found on the ”No No List” on the company website.

Notable ingredients on the list are high-fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, FD&C colors (more on the dangers of food dyes here), propylene glycol, partially hydrogenated oils [...]

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April 12, 2015

Canada’s Hipster Nonsense Creates Model for Stopping Food Waste

Hipster Nonsense is the brainchild of Austin Luciow and Erika German, two Calgary-area chefs who have resolved to reduce food waste with an innovative business model. The two transform farmers’ market produce that’s aesthetically unsellable – bruised, weather damaged, etc. – into shelf-stable food like jams, lacto-fermented food, baby food, condiments and more in Alberta, Canada.

After realizing how much food was either sold at drastically reduced prices or simply thrown away, the pair spent last summer utilizing various methods to preserve these foods and give them a second life. The result was over 300 jars of delicious preserved foods, and the birth of a [...]

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