Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Big Green Love to Hershey for a Big #1THING for taking a stand for Sustainable Farming of Cocoa, the Environment in which it grows and for the People whose livelihood depends on it.
Cocoa For Good, a strategy for Sustainable Cocoa while investing half a billion dollars by 2030 to nourish children, elevate youth, build prosperous communities and preserve natural ecosystems
Cocoa For Good Mission:
- Increase access to nutritious foods. Families need access to nutritious foods to live healthy lives and avoid issues like anemia, which affects 1.6 billion people worldwide.
- Eliminate child labor. A symptom of poverty in cocoa communities, children aged 14–17 are at the greatest risk.
- Economically empower women. West African women are 45% of cocoa farm labor, but have less access to training, financial services and land than men.
- Increase agroforestry and shade-grown cocoa. Cocoa grown in the shade is productive for up to 15 years longer than cocoa grown in full sun.
Cocoa For Good builds on the work they’ve already done in cocoa-growing communities by helping to feed families, equipping young people with the skills to succeed, empowering women and men to prosper, and protecting our forests. More here
Monday, April 2, 2018 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Happy #ChocolateMousseDay (4/03)! In honor of the day, here are Celebrity ‘Naughty’ & ‘Nice’versions. Use organic ingredients, and you’re doing 1THING during Earth Month (April) that helps get Mama Earth healthier! Go for it!
‘Naughty’ yet so ‘Nice’ Chocolate Mousse:
Patti LaBelle’s Chocolate Mousse for All Seasons from her cookbook Desserts LaBelle
- 8 oz semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 1¾ cups heavy cream, divided
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 3 large egg yolks
- 2 tbsp dark rum, brandy, orange liqueur, orange juice or brewed coffee
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- whipped cream, for serving
- Melt the chocolate in the top part of a double boiler over barely simmering water, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Place a wire sieve over the bowl of chocolate.
- Heat ½ cup of the heavy cream with the sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often to dissolve the sugar, until the mixture is simmering. Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl, then whisk in the hot cream mixture. Return to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a heatproof spatula until the mixture has thickened to the consistency of eggnog, 1 to 2 minutes. Strain the custard through the sieve into the chocolate to remove any bits of cooked egg white. Add the rum and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
- Place the bowl with the chocolate mixture in a larger bowl of iced water. Let stand, whisking occasionally, until the mixture is cool but not set, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the bowl from the iced water.
- Whip the remaining 1¼ cups cream in a chilled medium bowl until it forms stiff peaks. Stir about one-fourth of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it, then fold in the remaining cream. Divide the mousse among 6 to 8 ramekins, custard cups or serving bowls. Cover each with plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled and set, at least 2 hours or up to 2 days.
- Just before serving, top each mousse with a dollop of the whipped cream and serve chilled. More here
‘Nice’ but makes you feel ‘Naughty’ Chocolate Mousse:
Celebrity Chef Giada De Laurentiis’ creates a healthier Chocolate Mousse (Go organic) w/ celebrity (cook) Chrissy Tiegen Click Here.
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
‘Tis the season when Gardening becomes a pastime for many in ATX. But you may think , having a Green thumb, and growing your own fruits & veggies to enjoy seem like a unrealistic goal. Have no fear, the folks at the Sustainable Food Center is here for you!
7 Reasons to Garden:
- Exercise – Gardening is a great way to get in your daily moderate exercise.
- Community building – Community gardens bring people together from different backgrounds.
- Wonder and excitement – It’s enjoyable to watch something you plant grow into something that can feed you and others.
- Life-long learning – You are always learning from failures and success!
- A sense of achievement – When your hard work pays off, it boosts your emotional well-being, and a plus you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
- Connection to Earths’ cycles – Tending to a garden during the seasons helps you connect to Mama Earth. You’re taking a break from your computers and smartphones, and really connecting w/ Mama Earth.
- Freshness – You can’t beat eating your harvest the same day you picked it.
Find out more about the 7 Reasons to Garden, and how the SFC can help you get started. Or perhaps help in your life-learning gardening skills that can lead you to a sense of achievement, which will increase your wonder & excitement when you’re eating the FRESH FRUITS of your labor! Click here!
#1THING that’s a yummy thing while helping out your community & Mama Earth!
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
1THING Green in ATX is definitely the Sustainable Food Center. There are many 1THINGS that can be done with SFC that will definitely help Mama Earth. SFC shows a lot of ‘Green Love’ for the Austin community….
The Sustainable Food Center got it’s start in ’93 w/ roots going back to 1975 as Austin Community Gardens. SFC is involved in every step of the local, Central Texas food system.
- SFC’s mission is to cultivate a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food-secure community where all children and adults grow, share, and prepare healthy, local food.
- From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.
SFC’s Timeline History
SFC’s Grow Local program offers:
More 411 on SFC Grow Local
SFC Volunteer Opportunities
Sustainable Food Center’s 11th Annual Farm to Plate Wednesday, May 9th
- 7pm-9:30pm at Barr Mansion
- Exclusive VIP hour held from 6pm-7pm!
- Join SFC and Austin’s most acclaimed local chefs and celebrate the bounty of Central Texas
More 411 & tickets
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
The month of February celebrates the Heart, and reminds us to take care of our Hearts. In the United States, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by Heart Disease. It’s the leading cause of death for both men and women. Heart Disease can be prevented and managed when you make healthier choices.
Do a #1THING step further by Going Green Heart Healthy. You can do this w/ the foods you eat go for Organic options. Exercise walking, running and other outdoor activities that does the body good & Mama Earth.. All help w/ Heart Healthy Happiness.
Have you heard of the Jackfruit? A tropical fruit native to Asia that resembles pulled pork, and becoming one of the most popular meat alternatives for a healthier lifestyle. The Jackfruit is a rich source of vitamin, minerals, fiber, fat, protein and more. It contains calorie but no cholesterol or saturated fats.
Here are 10 of the 25 Amazing Benefits of Jackfruit:
1.) Lowers the Risk of Heart Disease: Jackfruit has Vitamin B6 that makes it very Heart-friendly
2.) Fights Wrinkles: Ground up seeds that are dipped in milk & applied on wrinkles helps reduce their appearance
3.) Promotes Hair Growth: Adds in healthy blood circulation, which helps w/ hair growth.
4.) Immunity: A great source of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which can strengthen your immune system.
5.) High in Protein: The seeds are high in protein.
6.) Improves Digestion: A rich source of dietary fiber.
7.) Improves Eyesite: Jackfruit has vital nutriets that help w/ eye health.
8.) Bone Health: Jackfruit contains calcium, which strengthens and promotes healthy bones
9.) Ulcers : Jackfruit has strong anti-ulcerative properties that can cure ulcers and many other digestive system disorders.
10.) Regulates Blood Sugar Levels: Jackfruit has a rich amount of manganese that helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body.
Find out all 25 Amazing Jackfruit Benefits and more!
Jackfruit is becoming 2018’s healthy meat replacer for many. Making Jackfruit Green Heart Healthy for you! Click here for Jackfruit Recipes!
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Here’s a Yummy Cool #1THING you can do where you live. ‘Eat Well Guide’ makes it easy to find places to get local, sustainable food. Search your city and where.. store, restaurant…. A list will come up where you are at to ‘Eat Well’. Try it out! Click here! Such an easy #1THING to do in ATX! Good for You & Mama Earth! #1THING Green Wins all around!
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Thanksgiving will be here before you know it… Thursday, November 23rd! You could make it extra special doing #1THING to make your Thanksgiving more Eco-Friendly. A Big thing for Mama Earth, and one of the best holiday gifts ever! Shannon shared some Sustainable Tips that will be helpful to do #1THING for Thanksgiving this year! Check them out… Have a Happy, Safe & Green Thanksgiving! Enjoy w your family/ friends! #1THING
Thanksgiving is a time for many of us to gather with family and friends. Your Thanksgiving meal and the activities that go along with it present many opportunities to be sustainable and eco-friendly:
- When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal, keep two words in mind: organic and local. These keywords will guarantee a fresher, more nutritious meal.
- Set the table with cloth napkins and reusable dishes, glasses, and silverware. Consider renting more formal tableware that you might not use very often. Also save and reuse decorations.
- After holiday festivities, put leftovers in recyclable containers, and share them with family, friends, or others.
- Where possible, compost leftover food scraps, leaves, and grass clippings.
- After the meal, fill your dishwasher to capacity before running it. You will run fewer cycles, which saves energy.
- Wash and reuse empty glass and plastic jars, milk jugs, coffee cans, dairy tubs, and other similar containers that would otherwise get thrown away. These containers can be used to store leftovers.
- Show your guests where to put recyclables such as aluminum, glass, and plastic beverage containers.
- Avoid placing hard, thick, or waxy food scraps down the drain. These materials can clog the pipes or damage garbage disposal blades and send parts of your sink to the landfill before their time.
- Buy products in concentrate, bulk, or in refillable containers. Many items are available in these sizes. They reduce packaging waste and can save you money! Combine waste reducing practices, such as buying coffee in bulk and storing it in your leftover empty coffee cans.
- Instead of firmly planting yourself in front of the TV for the day, consider getting some fresh air or playing a board game. Take advantage of the time together with friends and family while decreasing your energy usage.
- If you going away from home for the holidays, to save energy, turn down your thermostat and put lights on timers.
- November is an excellent time of year to conduct neighborhood food or clothing drives to help those in need.
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
October is Vegetarian Awareness Month
Happy Vegetarian Awareness Month! If you’ve been toying with the idea of going meat-free, this month is the perfect time to start. Vegetarian diets have proven health benefits, save animals’ lives and help to preserve the Earth.
- Reduce the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer while cutting exposure to foodborne pathogens
- Provide a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry through more efficient use of grains and other crops
- Save animals from suffering in factory-farm conditions and from the pain and terror of slaughter
- Conserve vital but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources
- Preserve irreplaceable ecosystems such as rainforests and other wildlife habitats
- Decrease greenhouse gases that are accelerating global warming
- Mitigate the ever-expanding environmental pollution of animal agriculture
If you are a vegetarian and want to educate those around you, Vegetarian Awareness Month is a great time to raise awareness and encourage friends and family to join you in adopting a vegetarian diet. Here are some easy ways to do that:
- Make a list of your favorite vegetarian restaurants, or those that serve favorite dishes, for your friends and family—or take them to one of them to see (and taste) for themselves.
- Share some of your favorite vegetarian recipes with your friends and family members. Give them a recipe list, or make them one of your favorites and attach the recipe to it.
- Are you a gardener? Need to get rid of the last of your summer produce to make room for your cool season crops? If so, give those you love a basketful along with recipe and meal planning ideas. Not a gardener? Then shop at your local farmers’ market and give them a basketful from there.
- You can also organize a produce swap. This can be with friends and family or with other gardeners, to increase their awareness about the number of produce varieties to choose from.
If you are not a vegetarian, here are some tips for you:
- Observe Meatless Monday. This is a growing trend, and is a perfect way to kick off the month by eating meat-free for Vegetarian Awareness Day. You can also try to do this throughout the month and have a variety of vegetables to keep your diet interesting.
- Educate yourself about the nutritional benefits of a vegetarian diet and find out the other ways that it can benefit you.
- Go for one whole day as a vegetarian and tell friends and family you are doing this.
- Host a meatless meal or potluck with your friends. This will help all of you get more tasty recipe ideas and become familiar with different veggies.
- When you dine out, try the meatless options and encourage your friends to do the same.
The North American Vegetarian Society is giving non-vegetarians an added incentive to go meat-free. Pledge to go meat-free during Vegetarian Awareness Month and you’ll have the chance to win up to $1,000. Even just one day will make you eligible for the drawing.
Non-vegetarians who pledge to abstain from all meat, fish and fowl will be entered in a random drawing for cash prizes. Click here to find out all the details.
Friday, September 29, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Pumpkins, Hayrides and Corn Mazes! Find some Awesome Pumpkin Patches around the Austin area thanks to DO512Family When you get the Pumpkin for a natural Fall/ Halloween decoration and then do something cool and/ or yummy w/ it.. it’s a #1THING shared w/ family & friends.
Find out more here! Have Fall Ya’ll! Happy Halloween!
Monday, June 5, 2017 | By Heather Rivera | No Comments
Today is #VeggieburgerDay, and I have noticed they have come a long way in the past 10 years to delicious.. especially in ATX! Here are a couple of lists of #YummyVeggieBurgers you can get your grub on in the ATX area. You could celebrate today plus making it #MeatlessMonday, it’s #1Thing that helps the environment. A win for your tummy / health and Mama Earth. Check these out!
DO512’s Top 10 Veggie Burgers in ATX includes:
- Kerbey Lane Cafe.. who also have #Yummy Gingerbread Pancakes and it’s also #GingerbreadDay .. so double bonus!
- Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse & Cafe
- Counter Culture
- Mother’s Cafe & Garden
Click here for more!
Austin Eater also has a #Yummy #VeggieBurgersinATX list that is a must see here! Enjoy!