We are all trying to eat and live a healthier and greener lifestyle. Here are some green and healthy holiday kitchen tips for you and your family during this wintery time of the year:
Choose recipes that call for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat the Rainbow of antioxidant colored foods. Wash them with water and a few drops of vinegar or lemon.
Choose organic foods when you can, these are also non-GMO which is a big plus until we get more labeling legislated.
Kitchen clean-up can be green too! Try natural alternatives like vinegar, baking soda and water. Make your own DIY cleaner or buy it healthy. An easy and very economical cleaner that I use for kitchen counters, mirrors, etc., is turning your vinegar bottle into a spray cleaning bottle by attaching a sprayer from an empty spray bottle. They fit the glass vinegar bottles! Add water and a small amount of any vinegar and you have a very effective, versitile and economical cleaner.
Select organic meats and dairy to limit exposure to hormones and antibiotics creating resistant strains of bacteria. Meat production is the biggest creator of climate change and the destruction of our lands and seas, so limit eating meat and dairy and consider becoming a vegan. See our favorite book on this subject below.
Use cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic cookware. Non-Stick pans release Perfluorochemicals into food and air, and have been linked to cancer.
Buy foods packaged in glass rather than plastic or cans to reduce your family’s exposure to endocrine disrupting BPA – bisphenol A, also linked to cancers.
Store leftovers in glass. The chemical additives in plastic can migrate into foods and liquids. You CAN freeze in glass jars! You can see here that I have frozen hot peppers that I got at the Farmer’s Market. Too many to use immediately, so I froze them. The secret is keeping the lid off until the food is frozen. When you defrost, make sure you do it slowly so you don’t crack the glass. Do not immerse the cold glass jar into hot water.
Never microwave in plastic, even if it says “microwave safe.” Heat can release plastic chemicals into your food and drink. Living an anti-cancer lifestyle requires never letting your food touch plastic!
Enjoy the smells and the togetherness of this Winter Season. Take a walk outside and breathe in the Joy!
Remember: “No Bees, no pumpkin pie, cranberry relish, stuffed celery, or green bean casserole! Help the bees, don’t use garden pesticides.” Center for Food Safety
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