I am vigilant about reading the labels on the food I purchase for my family. Typically. I will admit, there are times that I just don't care to read the label and would rather enjoy the meal before me. Quick fixes and prepackaged meals, on occasion, still win out in my household. I am not perfect! One such meal graced our menu this past week. I saw a quick-fix box of a seemingly harmless meal: cheesy chicken broccoli and rice. I knew there would be things that I typically wouldn't eat, but ... Continue Reading
What exactly are in these boxes of pre-packaged food – and why it should concern you.
Breyer’s will now be selling their key flavors as “frozen dairy dessert” instead of ice cream.
Breyer's ice cream and marketing team has long maintained it's standing as one of the few "all natural" ice creams available to the masses. They proudly touted an ingredient's label that only contained a few ingredients such as cream, sugar, and eggs. However, that is all swiftly changing. The Breyer's brand will no longer be able to claim it's all natural standing. In fact, they have changed their design so much that the product cannot even be called ice cream anymore. Frozen Dairy ... Continue Reading
The food industry wants to remove the term “artificially sweetened” from its jellies/jams in lieu of a less-controversial term.
Big business makes its way into politics in many different ways. A recent example is how the food industry is pushing the FDA to remove the words "artificially sweetened" in jellies and jams. Here is an overview of what exactly this proposition would do to the consumer and the benefits to the jelly and jam industry. Who is proposing these new changes? First things first, who is proposing these new changes to the FDA? A citizen petition submitted by the International Jelly and ... Continue Reading
Indulge in a green spa, or green spa service, this Valentine’s Day.
When you think of visiting a spa, you probably think of relaxation and a mental getaway. Unfortunately, those treatments and massages come at a heavy price to Mother Nature. Spas are notorious for wreaking havoc from an eco-friendly standpoint. The never ending piles of towels, robes, wash cloths, eye covers, sheets, and washable items are astounding. Each of these items must be washed between uses, and requires a large amount of water and detergent. Bottled water, petroleum-based ... Continue Reading
Help the environment before purchasing that next set of de-icers and antifreeze.
Jack Frost is probably nipping at your nose right about now. With temperatures plummeting and cold weather moving in, you may find yourself battling frost and ice. Instead of heading to the store to buy de-icers or antifreeze, consider adopting some of these green tips to keeping the cold and ice at bay. The Greener De-Icer Many people go for rock salt or store-bought de-icers when things get slippery. Unfortunately, rock salt (including rock salt based de-icers) and urea based de-icers are ... Continue Reading
Check out these 7 foods that will help pump up your immunity and keep you strong this winter season.
The cold and flu season is here in full force. With the changes in weather and cold temperatures, many of you may find yourself battling a variety of pesky bugs and viruses. Fortunately, there are a number of foods to add to your diet to help boost your immune system and give you a leg up. Don't wait until you're sick to starting eating these foods. Do it now! If you are already feeling a little sniffly, or if you are just trying to ward off the bugs, here are 7 foods that will help pump up ... Continue Reading
No need to invest in expensive products – whip up a scrub or mask with ingredients in your kitchen!
December’s excess often results in a January budget squeeze, especially when it comes to things that might be considered a luxury - including beauty products and spa treatments. Instead of burrowing down and hiding from everyone, now's the perfect time to create your own spa experiences with ingredients found in your kitchen. Lemons These sunny palm-sized fruits don’t just smell good, they have a lot of health benefits too. Lemons are anti-viral, immune-boosting and loaded ... Continue Reading
Fun creative options for those extinguished, melted candles.
No one likes to see a candle burn out, but it's always hard to see the leftover wax sitting at the bottom of the candle unused and untouched. There is still fragrance in the unburned portion, your candle wick just can't seem to reach far enough down to burn the candle completely. What do you do? Do you throw out the candle and pop open a new one, or do you re-purpose and reuse that perfectly good candle wax? Reusing candle wax is incredibly easy. Here are a few ways that you can re-purpose ... Continue Reading
Is it safe to introduce genetically-modified mosquitos into the population?
Mosquito control officials in the Florida Keys are awaiting approval from the federal government to begin releasing hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes to stop the spread of dengue fever. How would it work? Simple. The modified mosquitoes are designed to die before maturity. The idea is that these mosquitoes will go out into the population and breed with other non-modified mosquitoes. This self-destructive gene will be passed on to the baby mosquitoes and the offspring ... Continue Reading
Genetically engineered salmon may soon be available at restaurants and markets.
On December 21, the US Food and Drug Administration released a draft environmental assessment finding that genetically engineered (GE) AquaAdvantage salmon pose no risk to the environment. This takes GE Salmon one step closer to ending up on your dinner table. So is it safe? The document claimed that the salmon "will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States." It also claimed that the GE salmon, the first ever intended for human consumption ... Continue Reading