WATCH YOUR MOUTH! Milk: a body good?
(photo source: honest cooking)
I’d like to first share that originally this blog post was going to be about ice cream, America’s favorite dessert. It was going to reveal some (chilling) truths about ice cream sold in stores today, including that many brands now can’t even call it ice cream (frozen dairy dessert is one name that is now often used instead because it contains nothing standard in “ice cream.”) I also was going to mention that an ingredient commonly used for flavoring vanilla iced desserts is called castoreum (basically, dried beaver anal glands) and will likely show up on the ingredient list as “natural flavoring.” All of this I was going to share, including options we can choose that don’t fall short of the real deal, until in my research I started to find out what was really in milk of today.… Read more!
WATCH YOUR MOUTH! rethink your bottle
One of the most common questions I’m getting these days at the Farmers’ Markets is: What can I do with these glass bottles once I’m finished with them? There aren’t just 3 R’s anymore (recycling, re-use, and reduce), there’s a fourth, RE-THINK! People across our great city of Los Angeles and beyond are stepping up to the plate and rethinking what they purchase and consume, influenced now at least in part by the product’s packaging. You can see many companies responding to this movement as soon as you walk into the grocery store—-cereals packaged in re-used bags instead of boxes, T-shirts made out of corn husks, and more glass than ever before. Glass is much better for the environment both in processing and in waste, and is also beautiful! It truly feels like a waste to throw glass away, especially with how useful these containers can be…
As you know, Health-Ade is sold in an amber colored glass bottle, made right here in the USA. We’re quite proud that we don’t use any plastic in our fermentation, production, or distribution, but also feel it to be quite a waste knowing these might end up in someone’s trash bin (GASP)!!! Unfortunately, new health codes do not permit us to re-use these bottles, although we’d love to be able to. So, these days we have to get creative! Here are the top 5 ways our customers re-use their Health-Ade (and other glass beverage) bottles:
#1: OLIVE OIL CONTAINER: Spend less $$, maximize flavor, and save time
Have you ever seen those large aluminum vats of olive oil they sell at grocery stores, pondered the great price, but then held back from purchasing because ‘how on Earth am I going to manage that kind of a vessel?’ If so, try using your Health-Ade bottle! Those (pesky) oil vats are anywhere from 10-60% cheaper per mL of olive oil than the easy-to-use glass vessels, so if you invest in the jug, you save money.… Read more!
WATCH YOUR MOUTH! It is (in part) your fault.
You only have to watch the TV for a few minutes to know what time of year it is—Resolution time, baby! Indeed, the TV is working over-time telling us to start up that good ol’ annual pledge. I even saw a commercial promoting a product that helps you lose weight, quit smoking, AND meet the love of your life all in 6 weeks, guaranteed! (Yes, I was watching an infomercial at 2am.) Unfortunately, no matter how much promise is behind the promise, statistics say we generally aren’t good about keeping them.… Read more!
WATCH YOUR MOUTH! getting to know your labels.
I was walking through my favorite local grocery store in LA today when I saw America’s favorite brunette wearing Gucci’s newest tee, made of white organic cotton and stamped with a beautiful, shiny, and red apple. At that moment I was struck at the realities of today: 1) fashion has finally progressed (far) past the rhinestone skull phase (thank the sweet universe); and, 2) healthy living has become more then a style…it’s now a movement. If you live in a city like I do, where cigarettes and chips have been traded in for yoga mats and kombucha, it’s practically impossible not to take part. Because I sorta like this trend (I’m writing a food/nutrition blog for pete’s sake), and because I think people are TRYING to purchase things that will improve their health, I want to do my part to ensure this fad doesn’t fade as quickly as the parachute pant.… Read more!
WATCH YOUR MOUTH! Follow Your Gut.
A good friend opened a conversation with me the other day: “Don’t bother taking Vitamin C when you start feeling sick because a recent study proves it has no effect.” This is the kind of suggestion that literally floods my inbox. Comments like “there is no proof that acupuncture works” and headlines that read “Kombucha—just another sugar water?” are a part of my daily life as a nutritionist, and I’m sure for you as well if you condone anything holistic. The major problem with all these statements is that they’re often wrong.… Read more!