We make our own (or buy) "green cleaners," we recycle and reuse household items. This used to be a normal way of life.
Have we thought about our dinner plate?
Do we know how much petroleum went into growing and harvesting the wheat and soy that was used as a filler in those store-bought veggie burgers? How about those tasteless tomatoes that traveled over 1,000 miles to get to your local grocery store?
As much as I try not to "preach" I start these posts off so innocent and end on my soapbox. Sorry bout that! Well, no I'm not! If we don't think about the environmental and health impacts of the way we eat there will be no "green" future. All of our "food" will be fake!
Example: Welch's fruit juice cocktail contains more CORN than fruit
Don't even get me started on what they do to meat when it's processed so that it holds that "pink" color. Worse...It's USDA and FDA approved! Talk to any US Meat Inspector.
|Homemade Veggie Burger|
-Shop local beef, chicken, pork and eggs. This will cut down on fuel used to transport as well as the chemicals used in processing at commercial plants.
-Add more greens and grains. Not everyone can eat grains but adding greans is a healthy step in the right direction.
-Go GMO Free! Check out GMO Free Worldwide on fb for tips on gmo free living. There are plenty of companies who use non-gmo ingredients.
-Grow your own! My company Mary's Heirloom Seeds sells non-gmo, organic heirloom seeds AND we include a FREE pack with all orders! Even if you only have space for a few herbs that makes a difference. If you have more room start with what you know you and your family will eat. Swiss Chard and Basil are EASY to grow!
|Homegrown Red-Fig Tomatoes|
-Farmer's markets! If you are unable to grow your own or enough of your own find a local farm or farmer's market to purchase produce and meats.
-Grow Sprouts! Nutrient-dense sprouts can be grown at home in as few as 2 days. Mung Beans are one of the easiest to sprout and they are a great source of protein and fiber.
|Mung Bean Sprouts from 1/3 cup beans (seeds)|
To help you get started there are 2 giveaways going on:
Baker's Dozen heirloom seeds Combo Pack
Doc's Herbal Tea - non-gmo, organic tea varieties
These are just a few of the ways we can "Green our Plates!" Any other suggestions?
I'm linking up at The HomeAcre Hop and HERE.