Trash Talk - Make your own compost tea

Trash Talk – Make your own compost tea

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April 30, 2012
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

Make Your Own Compost Tea
Nutritionally rich, organic liquid fertilizer

  1. Fill a bucket 1/3 full of quality finished compost
  2. Add water to the top of the bucket
  3. Let mixture steep for 3 – 4 days; stir now & then
  4. Strain through cheesecloth or burlap into fresh bucket. Add solids back into garden.
  5. Dilute remaining liquid with water until it is the color of weak tea.
  6. For best results, use immediately around root systems or as foliage spray.

Do something to help the Earth today!
For more information go to  http://www.homecompostingmadeeasy.com/composttea.html

 

 

Weekly Wisdom – What’s in store

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April 30, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

What’s in store…Use these tips to shop for the healthiest convenience foods

  • Go whole: the first ingredients in packaged bread products should be “whole wheat” not “wheat flour”
  • Stay pure: ideally the only ingredient in frozen produce should be the fruits or vegetables, no added sauces
  • Hold the salt: look for “low in sodium” label, which means a products has 140mg or fewer per serving

Weekly Wisdom – Spring power salad

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April 23, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Spring Power Salad…Use these nutrition “superstars” to build a healthy, heart salad.

  • Pine Nuts: contain fatty acids that help you feel full
  • Cucumber: keeps you hydrated & provides fiber
  • Salmon: gives you protein, Vitamin D & Omega 3’s.
  • Romaine: adds a hint of Vitamin A.
  • Orange: juicy and provides Vitamin C
  • Buttermilk: boosts calcium & adds tangy flavor

Weekly Wisdom – Want to improve the quality of your sleep?

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April 16, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Want to improve the quality of your sleep?exercise regularly!

  • At least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 90 minutes of vigorous exercise a week may result in fewer
    sleep woes
  • People who exercise were less likely to have trouble
    falling asleep, wake up too early, & experience less
    sleepiness during the day
  • Aim for a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise daily
 

Earth Day – How it all began

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April 16, 2012
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

In doing research for this post, I came across this article.  It gives a detailed history of how Earth Day came to be.  I found it fascinating, and learned a great deal.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Read more about the history of Earth Day here: http://www.earthday.org/earth-day-history-movement

 

Being sustainable

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April 16, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Looking for inspiration for an earth week blog, I mentally evaluated my environmental habits.  Unfortunately they are nothing to inspire a “being sustainable” post.  Hmm, lets see, I still use disposable Keurig pods to make my coffee, my children are classic foods wasters (it seems the less I put on their plate, the less they eat), I have 2 children in disposable diapers & the only yogurt I can get my 2 year old to eat comes in individual disposable containers. As I evaluate my behaviors I realize most of them are a result of convenience…quick coffee, easy diaper disposal and avoidance of  a “food fight” with my stubborn 2 year old. So, what is an “environmentalist wanna be” to do?!  Well, rather than focusing on what I don’t do, I made another mental list of what environmentally responsible behaviors I do engage in.  I recycle all my paper products, newspaper, plastic & glass & I bring my own reusable bags when I shop. I buy glass bottles of milk and return them to the store, I shop at the farmer’s market, have a small garden & buy local whenever I can.  As I write this I realize even small contributions make a difference. If we all “do our part” as they say, aren’t we working together to save the planet?  I will never live fully “green”, but I can continue to make my best effort and just take comfort in knowing my boys won’t be in diapers forever.  In this new spring season I endeavor to work on my environmental deficiencies.

 

Trash Talk – Earth Week 2012

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April 16, 2012
Becky Tweedy, Assistant to the President

Earth Week 2012
“All these little actions add up to something BIG…!”
‘Mobilize the Earth’ is the theme for 2012 as we are encouraged to be a part of one billion

ACTS OF GREEN

Do something to help the Earth today!
For more information go to  http://www.earthday.org/

 

  

Weekly Wisdom – Why eggs

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April 10, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

Why eggs…are actually good for you

  • Recent research suggests the cholesterol in foods only makes a small contribution to our blood cholesterol
  • Studies don’t show an association between heart disease and eating eggs
  • Eggs contain an impressive nutritional punch….Vitamin D, B vitamins, & 6 grams of protein
  • A whole egg or 2 a day is not a problem for the majority of people.  Replace your morning sugary muffin or sugary cereal & reap the nutritional benefits.

Newfound love for cooking

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April 3, 2012
Sherri Meyer, MG Registered Dietitian,

With a new baby and 2 toddlers, my free time to experiment in the kitchen is limited.  However, we recently underwent a kitchen renovation which has left me with the desire to prepare delicious meals in my new light filled space.  Until of course, I hear the crying baby and 2 little "helpers" who end up putting most of the food in their mouth (especially if it involves chocolate).  That said, since we moved back into our new kitchen, I realize how an inviting space makes preparing meals so much more pleasurable.  A recent meal of grilled cheese sandwiches prepared on our new stove gave me more pleasure than should be allowed when making such a simple meal.  My surroundings have transformed my attitude about simple food preparation. 
For the last 9 months I was uninspired and my previous love for baking and cooking was dampened.  Simply being able to see the light and outdoors while I cook has rejuvenated my previous love for cooking.  I am really looking forward to our first holiday meal in our new kitchen.

Foodborne illness could trigger health problems

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April 3, 2012
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

Thanks to Brian for passing this along.  It's yet one more excellent reason to be ever vigil about food safety!  Does Foodborne Illness Trigger Lifelong Health Problems?

Here's a quick summary:

"The few studies that have followed victims of foodborne illness for years afterward show that later in life, they suffer higher-than-usual rates not only of digestive trouble, but of arthritis and kidney problems, as well as greater risk of heart attack and stroke."

To read the full article click here