Thursday, May 2, 2013

Greening My Plate!

I know it's "hip" to be green these days.  I was speaking to a friend of mine who is older and wiser than I.  She said "I was green before it was cool!"  It's true!  "Living sustainably" used to be just living!  

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
So how do we "GREEN our Plate?"
-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.
-Go meatless!  Not everyone can cut out meat completely but Meatless on Monday is a SINCH!  I've got 30+ recipes at Mary's Kitchen.

-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.
-Join a CSA: Community Supported Agriculture.  This is a wonderful program to share local produce at a fair cost. Reasons to join a CSA
-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.
The Self Sufficient HomeAcre


Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Agreed! Excellent post! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Jamie Sherman said...

Great tips! Thank you so much for joining us at last week's Let's Get Social Sunday - I'd like to invite you back again this week - the party starts at 6 am Eastern time! Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

Natasha Mairs said...

Thanks for linking this up on Serenity Saturday Link party!

Fantastic Tips!!!

must love junk said...

Great info! I'm now following you (GFC) via the Aloha Blog Hop! I'd love you to visit and say hi :)

Anu Varma said...

Great post! I look forward to you stopping by My Dream Canvas. I am hosting a spring soiree at my home :) The party also includes a giveaway by the famous tabletop and giftware brand Mikasa. Hope to see you there!! Have a great week.

Becca Acker said...

Good, easy tips! Why do they even put the color in meat, anyway? :/
Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble.

Anonymous said...

We just got our first order of local grassfed beef Friday. I am so excited to have found someone locally to provide this. Thanks for sharing!

I hope you'll visit us again this Thursday at:
The HomeAcre Hop


Margaret Reed said...

Great info! I concur! Visiting from HT blog hop.

Anna said...

Great information! I might try growing my own sprouts.

Leslie Lambert said...

What great ideas...thanks for sharing! This would be perfect to link-up to my new series - "Create It Thursday." It's live now!