Tag - organic food

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Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Recipe
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Banana Roll-Ups Recipe
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5 Creative Ways to Eat Avocado
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Organic Challenge Wrap Up
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Kid-Friendly Fruit Treats to Beat the Summer Heat
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Organic Challenge Week 4: Household Items
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Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies
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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products
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Are You Up To Our Organic Challenge?
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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?

Chocolate Zucchini Smoothie Recipe

We’ve partnered with Eating Bird Food to bring you a delicious smoothie recipe for those hectic mornings! Servers: 2 Prep time: 10 minutes No one will ever be able to tell that this sweet chocolate smoothie has hidden veggies! The frozen zucchini adds a creamy texture and helps thicken the smoothie while also adding lots of nutrients and fiber. For the frozen zucchini chunks, you can chop and freeze raw zucchini or chop and steam your zucchini, let it cool and then freeze! I like doing this as part of my meal prep so the zucchini is frozen and ready for smoothies throughout the week. Ingredients -2 frozen bananas -1 cup frozen zucchini (raw or cooked) -1 Tablespoon cocoa powder -2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter -1 cup milk -cacao nibs, for topping (optional) Directions Add all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Top with cacao nibs if you’re making this for yourself or[…]

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Banana Roll-Ups Recipe

It’s almost time to head back to school and we’ve partnered with Eating Bird Food to bring you a super filling and easy lunch recipe! Serves: 1 Prep time: 10 minutes These banana and nut butter roll-ups make for a fun and filling lunch. Pair the roll-ups with cheese cubes, fresh veggies and fruit for a healthy and colorful plate. You can chop the roll-up into bite-size pieces and top with hemp seeds for a little extra protein or simply skip the hemp seeds if you don’t have any on hand. 1 whole grain tortilla or wrap (larger ones are best) 1-2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter 1 banana, peeled hemp seeds, optional side items: cheese cubes, chopped veggies and sliced fruit Spread a thin layer of the nut or seed butter over the whole grain tortilla/wrap. Place banana at the bottom third of the tortilla and start rolling it up. Once completely rolled, slice the roll-up into bite-size pieces.[…]

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5 Creative Ways to Eat Avocado

While spreading smashed avocado on a piece of your favorite toast and making homemade guacamole are two delicious ways to eat this trendy fruit—why stop there!? We’ve got some quick recipes for avocado that will put a spin on the normal eating methods. Avocados are an incredibly versatile fruit (that’s right, they’re not actually veggies)! Eating just one ounce (28 grams) provides a winning combination of healthy protein, fiber, and fats. Plus, studies have found that eating avocados can help with weight control and heart health. This nutritiously green fruit can be eaten in plenty of fun, creative ways. Here are our 5 favorite ways to eat avocado: 1. Seasoned The simplest way to eat an avocado is with a little salt and pepper! You can also season them with spices like cayenne pepper and turmeric or with dressings like balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. 2. Grilled If you’re having a summer BBQ, grilling avocados can make a great side[…]

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Organic Challenge Wrap Up

Your daily routine probably looks a little like this: you rush to get ready for work, you run a few errands after the workday ends, you grab a quick bite to eat or cook something easy. Even if your routine feels fruitful, leading a productive—but busy–life can take a toll. In the midst of taking care of your day-to-day responsibilities, you may neglect the one thing that matters most: your health. That’s why we challenged our readers to embrace our Organic Challenge throughout the month of May and reevaluate what it means to truly lead a healthy, organic lifestyle. Each week, we focused on a different area of daily life that’s affected by potentially dangerous chemicals. With over 80,000 chemicals produced in the United States, it’s nearly impossible to know whether the items you’re putting into and onto your body are safe—or toxic. At Naturepedic, we know how difficult it is to study each and every chemical that may be[…]

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Kid-Friendly Fruit Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

Summer is here, the kids are home, and the heat is right around the corner. Between summer activities and the ice cream truck playing it’s frenzy-inciting tune—your kids are going to get their fair share of ice cream treats. We’re sharing some of our favorite quick, healthy, and kid-friendly fruit treats that will save you from some of those sugar-infused meltdowns! Frozen Fruit Frozen fruit is a great way to quench the need for that mid-afternoon, sugary frozen treat. Blueberries, grapes, and watermelon are just some of the fruits that taste amazing after some time in your freezer. With organic frozen fruit options, this is a great tasty treat to have in your freezer all summer long. Fresh Fruit Pizza Put your pizza decorating skills to the test! Watermelon slices double as pizza dough, with small berries and cut up fruit as the toppings! This also doubles as a fun activity for those bored kiddos. Apple Cookies Satisfy those cookie[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 4: Household Items

Welcome to the fourth and final week of our Organic Challenge! This week, we’re focusing on some household item transitions that will dramatically cut down your exposure to toxic chemicals. Many of the chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities. Just like the other Organic Challenge products, many of the chemicals listed below have never been adequately tested for negative health effects. For example, products that kill 50% of lab animals through ingestion or inhalation can still be designated “non-toxic.” The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals. This is more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. We’re here to help you start removing these toxins from your home. Here are our 5 non-negotiable items to trade out to get you moving towards a healthier lifestyle. 1. Cookware Companies that sell cookware are notorious for marketing themselves as “safe” or “clean” when they aren’t. Cookware is[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies

Welcome to week three of our organic challenge! In the ever changing world of what we should eat or not eat, what we should put on our skin or not put on our skin, and what we should sleep on, there are a few areas in the home which we overlook: cleaning and yard products. We are here to help guide you to make better buying decisions for a happier and healthier life! The first thing to remember is to read labels. At Naturepedic, we are always concerned about companies that use “greenwashing” as a marketing tactic to sell you products. Greenwashing is when companies make unsubstantiated or exaggerated claims about their products being natural, green, eco-friendly, or organic. It’s always important to be leery of companies using these descriptors on their products, and to check for government regulated certifications. If you have questions about what is actually in a product, head over to Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide to[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products

Our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it. That is a large percentage, especially for women who use, in some cases, 2x the beauty products that men do. Using organic beauty products substantially lowers your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients present in non-organic products. These harmful ingredients include synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, and toxic chemicals that are associated with endocrine disruption, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other health concerns. Studies have shown that the toxic ingredients in beauty products have been found in biopsy samples from breast tumors, ovarian cancer and more. Many of the chemicals and components that are in our everyday products have not been tested extensively for health affects. The minimal testing that has been done yielded some frightening results, so we’re encouraging you to trade out some of your common beauty products for our non-negotiable beauty products. 1. Deodorant No surprise that conventional deodorants contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to health issues over the[…]

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Are You Up To Our Organic Challenge?

Have you been thinking about switching to a more organic and sustainable lifestyle, but are not sure where to start? Chemicals have made their way into our lives through the food we eat and the products that we use at alarming rates. There are more than 80,000 chemicals produced and used in the United States. Of those 80,000 chemicals, only 200 have been tested (which is less than 1%), and only five have been regulated to any standard. We understand the transition to a healthier lifestyle can be extremely overwhelming. Over the next four weeks, we are going to help guide you in making those healthy decisions that matter the most. We’re challenging you to transition four areas of your day to day life that are affected by chemicals, and give you our non-negotiable organic choices! Are you up to our organic challenge? Week 1: Organic Food May 6 – May 10 Week 2: Organic Beauty May 13 – May[…]

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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?

Starting to shop for a crib mattress for your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy? When browsing, you may be surprised to find that from brand to brand cribs don’t just differ aesthetically. In fact, there is no set crib mattress size! If you have already purchased a crib, you can’t just blindly choose a mattress to accompany it. The number one thing to look for when choosing your child’s crib mattress is safety. So when choosing a crib mattress to safely fit inside your baby’s crib, look for a model that will pass the recommended two-finger measurement test between crib and mattress. We know we can’t pass this test for every crib with our crib mattress. But when designing our crib mattress, we do seek to fit in as many cribs as possible so your baby can have their safest, healthiest sleep. That’s why we look at the industry minimum and maximum sizes for cribs and crib mattresses and design our[…]

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